UNDP Associate Administrator concludes visit to Indonesia, says country’s forests are critical ‘for the whole world’Apr 29, 2015
29 April, Jakarta – UNDP Associate Administrator Ms. Gina Casar has concluded her three-day visit to Indonesia where she stressed the country’s pivotal role in addressing the global development agenda and climate change challenges.
Ms. Casar met with senior ministers from key ministries, delivered a speech during the opening session of a summit on green investment and addressed the Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development, organized by the Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Jakarta.
Speaking at ‘The Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity’, Ms. Casar highlighted Indonesia’s growing influence in the international arena.
“Indonesia is a country with the eyes of the world upon it. The choices that it makes, regarding its own development path, will have a huge bearing on global development prospects,” Ms. Casar said. “In particular, how Indonesia chooses to manage its tropical landscapes is of critical importance - not only for Indonesia, but for the whole world. These landscapes are an immense and multi-dimensional source of value, at many scales,” she added.
She called on the international community to ‘match’ Indonesia’s commitment by delivering the support the country needs in enhancing forest governance and law enforcement mechanisms to combat illegal deforestation.
Indonesia has the world’s third largest cover of tropical forest and the livelihoods of an estimated 50 million people depend on the country’s forest ecosystem. The South-East Asian nation has renewed its commitment to cut greenhouse gases by 26 per cent, by 2020. Meeting this target will largely depend on continuing the policy of protecting the forests.
Ms. Casar also travelled to villages affected by the deadly 2010 Mount Merapi eruption in Central Java, where UNDP has supported post-recovery efforts, helping hundreds of displaced people rebuild their lives, and regain livelihoods.
Following the eruption, UNDP helped the local government set up a village information system (VIS) in 18 villages to improve post-disaster recovery. UNDP also supported a Sister Village Mechanism (SV) to connect high-risk villages to villages with less exposure to disasters.
“Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world and I am very pleased to know there is a disaster management system at the local level,” Ms. Casar said during a visit to the Magelang District Disaster Management Agency, where she observed a demonstration of the UNDP-supported Village Information System (VIS).
“I am very happy to see the trust-based relationships that are part of the Sister Village program, and that the government with the support of the UNDP has helped to reduce risks and foster communication in case of disaster,” Ms. Casar said while meeting with the heads of Sister Villages Tamanagung and Ngargomulyo.
Ms. Casar also met with Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and visiting Norwegian State Secretary for Environment and Climate Lars Andreas Lunde. Norway is a key partner to UNDP globally and Indonesia.
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