IIPC 2014: Science is required in Reducing Emissions from Peatland
Jakarta, February 10, 2014 – The National Council on Climate Change (NCCC/DNPI) and Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC) will organize the 2nd International Indonesia Peatland Conversation (IIPC) in Jakarta, on February 11 and 12, 2014. The IIPC is an annual event that aims to increase awareness and understanding about what Indonesia needs to undertake in achieving greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction from peatlands. In 2011, the U.S. and Indonesian Governments established the ICCC with the goal of providing science-based input to climate policymakers.
The 2nd IIPC theme is The Use of Research Findings to Improve Policy and Measures. The 2nd IIPC will involve 60 participants consisting of national and international peatland experts, representatives from non-governmental organizations, universities and decision makers from Indonesian ministries and institutions that handle peatland management. Specific topic areas will be Peatland Mapping and GHG Inventory for estimation of emissions from peatland. ICCC aims to support Indonesia Government policy making in these areas because forestry and peatland sector are the major contributor of Indonesia’s emission.
“In the 1st IIPC in Bandung, we recognized challenges and opportunities to implement policies that will contribute to the target of emissions reductions through the efficient management of peatland. We also indentified priorities for the development of a policy for sustainable management of peatland,” said Rachmat Witoelar, the Executive Chair of the National Council on Climate Change and President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change.
Sustainable peatland management consists of six key elements, namely: protection of remaining intact peat forest; restoration of degraded and drained peatland; prevention of peat forest fires; restrictions on the development of new plantation concessions on peat; reduction of emissions from existing plantations; raising awareness about the importance of peatland; and building peatland research capacity.
“These efforts require commitment from related parties so we can produce sciencebased recommendations and contribute to the GHG emission reduction and to a better future for the earth that we are living on,” explained Rachmat.
The U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Robert Blake, conveyed his appreciation for the progress made by the ICCC, “The ICCC serves as a model for cooperative efforts to fight climate change in which partners from both countries have an active role in promoting science as a decision making tool.”
ICCC Manager Farhan Helmy emphasized that the existence of institutions like the ICCC can bridge gaps of policies and realities on the ground. “Scientific studies based on field observations will provide better insights in the development of credible policies.”
Farhan continued, “In developing technical capacity and networks, the ICCC has been working with various institutions, both national and international. We also have developed various programs such as the Indonesia Peatland Network (IPN) to expand networking for data exchanges to further development of Climate Change Knowledge Management as well as information and data dissemination to various stakeholders and the public.”
Other important issues emerged in the 1st IIPC that ought to be developed in order to mitigate climate change impact from peatland were strengthening leadership in peatland management, overcoming gaps in policy communication, and strengthening science to support policies.
To address those three issues, the ICCC Peatland and Peatland Mapping Cluster has carried out field activities in Kabupaten Pelalawan, Riau and Kabupaten Katingan Central Kalimantan to produce some recommendations concerning the methodology for peatland mapping. In addition to this, a series of policy and technical dialogues were also conducted to build consensus among key stakeholders. These activities will lead to policy recommendations related to greenhouse gas emission reduction on peatland and national strategy for emission reduction of 26% by 2020.
Through the 2nd IIPC event, it is expected that we can bridge scientific understanding and policy development to achieve national target for greenhouse gas emission reduction from peatland; to update research findings and policy development related to peatland, REDD+, greenhouse gas inventory, moratorium map, and also institutional development in Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV).
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About Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC)
ICCC is a platform of channels and networks between scientific community, international organizations, the government of Indonesia and academics to support scientific based policy. It was created in 2011 under United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership; ICCC supports the Government of the Republic of Indonesia through policy recommendations related to climate change based on scientific findings focusing on climate resilience, low emission development strategies, Peatland and Peatland mapping, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of climate change in Indonesia.
Through Peatland and Peatland Mapping Cluster, ICCC supports the effort to enhance the accuracy of peatland mapping and the mitigation of peatland reduction in area, as one of supporting activities of Indonesia’s GHG reduction target.
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