21-22 January 2014, West Kalimantan, Indonesia - The National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) and the Ministry of Forestry (MoF) of Indonesia organized a training workshop for decision-makers in Pontianak, West Kalimantan on 21-22 January 2014 to support the implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). 25 participants from national and local government, parliament, business, universities, NGOs and international partners took part. The event was supported by UN CC:Learn and facilitated by the Natural Resource Development Centre (NRDC). The workshop is part of an early implementation phase of Indonesia’s National Climate Change Learning Strategy which was launched in August 2013 (see http://www.uncclearn.org/news/strategy_launch_indonesia).
The workshop covered five training modules in accordance with participants’ background and learning needs:
(1) The role of forests in adapting to and mitigating climate change
(2) International policies and progress in REDD+ negotiations
(3) The concept of REDD+ in Indonesia
(4) National policies on REDD+
(5) Lessons learned from REDD+ initiatives on the ground.
This training was facilitated by a team from the National Forestry Training Centre in collaboration with resource persons from DNPI, MoF and NRDC. The training was enthusiastically received by participants eager to learn about the REDD+ programme in Indonesia and to share ideas that could support related policy both at national and sub national levels. During the group sessions participants were able to gain practical insights on how to implement REDD+ at province and district levels.
The workshop has triggered interest from regions in Indonesia. The training could also be conducted in countries that have a similar governance and forest management system as Indonesia.
About UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by UNITAR. An important aspect of UN CC:Learn is to support countries develop a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development through a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process. During the course of 2012-2013, Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda are participating as UN CC:Learn pilot countries. Core funding for the 2011-2013 implementation phase of UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government.