As part of its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), Indonesia has also set up a REDD+ Agency. Establishing permanent local forest management units (FMUs) on the ground is expected to be a precondition for efficient local forest governance, sustainable development and finally REDD+ since they will reduce unplanned deforestation and forest degradation and will also help to make rehabilitation and restoration efforts more successful. Due to Indonesian decentralization, the FMUs can only be effective with the commitment and understanding of provincial and district governments.
Against this background GIZ supported by Hessen-Forst Consulting has conducted a one-week expert dialogue from 13-20 September on sustainable forest management and climate change for government officials and technical experts from forest-rich Indonesian provinces and districts to the Federal State of Hesse, Germany. The dialogue allowed an exchange with German counterparts from the Hessian Ministry of Environment, Hessen-Forst, as well as local governments on the role of forest administrative and management structures for sustainable development at subnational level. The expert dialogue included the following meetings with and field trips to:
• Hessian Forest Planning and Inventory Agency (FENA) in Giessen
• Hessian Ministry of Environment, Climate, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (HMUKELV) in Wiesbaden:
• BMZ, GIZ, KfW
• Forest Management Unit (FMU) Herborn
• Bupati Lahn Dill District and Walikota Herborn and Dillenburg
• UNESCO-Biosphere Reserve Rhön Office Hesse, Wasserkuppe
• Bupati Fulda District
Participants included representatives from REDD+ Agency, Ministry of Forestry, BAPPENAS, UN-ORCID, the Provincial Governments of East-Kalimantan, Central-Kalimantan, Jambi, West-Sumatra, South Sumatra and Central-Sulawesi, and the District Governments of Pulang Pisau, Murung Raya, Kutai Kartanegara, Donggala, Tojo-Una-Una, Merangin, Tebo, Sijunjung, Solok Selatan and Muara Enim.Participants have become familiar with the German forest administration and management system in the Federal State of Hesse as well as German bilateral cooperation relevant to REDD+. They are able to transfer lessons learnt e.g. on administrative, managerial and technical requirements for sustainable forest management (including forest and carbon monitoring/MRV) to their own subnational working context to promote the forest sector reform (FMU development) and climate change mitigation (REDD+) at provincial and district level.
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