The government of Indonesia continues to implement emission reduction efforts across the country. To ensure safeguards are followed throughout the Emissions Reduction (ER) program, the government of Indonesia will enact a Free Prior Inform Consent (FPIC) to 150 villages by the end of September 2020. Remembering the current restrictions and health risks due to COVID 19, the safeguards team of East Kalimantan has taken precautionary steps, including: assessment of villages of their COVID 19 status, development of guidelines to conduct FPIC with adjustments made to each village’s conditions, and coordination with health service agencies. In parallel to the FPIC, the Central government has conducted capacity-building workshops on Measurement, Monitoring, and Reporting (MMR) to improve readiness of Jambi and East Kalimantan Provincial Governments in August 2020 on Green House Gas Accounting—utilizing Planet Data facility in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). To that end, East Kalimantan has finalized the data collection for ER Retroactive safeguards due diligence exercise, started the data analysis, and it is expected that the report will be submitted in February 2021 to the Bank.
World Bank working in partnership with Indonesia’s flagship Environmental Funds Management Agency
The World Bank continues to work closely with and provide Technical Assistance to the BPDLH (Badan Pengelola Dana Lingkungan Hidup - Environmental Funds Management Agency) to support operationalization of its systems and to become a flagship environmental and climate funds management agency in Indonesia. BPDLH is expected to channel domestic and international funds to support Indonesia to meet its Nationally Determined Contributions, and the first payments through the BPDLH are being negotiated, including US$56 million from the Kingdom of Norway for results-based finance as part of the Letter of Intention signed in 2010, USD$104million for emissions reductions payment from the GCG, as well as payments from the two jurisdictional emissions reduction programs with the World Bank, namely the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) (see above) and the Bio Carbon Fund (BioCF). These funds are expected to be channeled through the BPDLH to a range of programs and projects that contribute to reducing deforestation.
SLMP Strengthens Ties with Jambi Province
The Jambi Provincial Government aims to become a champion for implementing green growth development and is seeking long-lasting solutions to forest and land fires which often take place in the province—especially in peatland areas. The regional parliament has approved the provincial government’s plans to develop their Green Growth Plan into a Regional Regulation (Rencana Peraturan Daerah), which is expected to become effective in the beginning of 2021. The SLMP team met with Head the Jambi Regional Development Agency (BAPPEDA), Doni Iskandar and his team recently to discuss the potential for collaboration and the opportunity to demonstrate sustainable landscape management practices in the province. The team sought feedback from Jambi BAPPEDA on the SLMP program activities in the province, including on an investment dashboard (DAPIL) that can estimate the environmental and economic impacts, and support the selection of optimal locations to host interventions. The meeting set strong foundations for growing collaboration and a promising partnership is on the horizon.