Reducing emissions from land use in Indonesia: motivation, policy instruments and expected funding streams

Reducing emissions from land use in Indonesia: motivation, policy instruments and expected funding streams

Land-based emissions of carbon dioxide derive from the interface of forest and
agriculture. Emission estimates require harmonization across forest and non-forest data sources. Furthermore, emission reduction requires understanding of the linked causes and policy levers between agriculture and forestry. The institutional forestry traditions dominated the emergence of the discourse on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) whilemore holistic perspectives on land-based emissions, including agriculture, found a home in international recognition for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). We tested the hypothesis that, at least for Indonesia, the NAMA framework provides opportunities to resolve issues that REDD+ alone cannot address.We reviewed progress on five major challenges identified in 2007 by the Indonesian Forest Climate Alliance: 1) scope and ‘forest’ definition; 2) ownership and tenurial rights; 3) multiplicity and interconnectedness of drivers; 4) peatland issues across forest and non-forest land categories; and 5) fairness and efficiency of benefitdistribution mechanisms across conservation, degradation and restoration phases of tree-cover transition. Results indicate that the two policy instruments developed in parallel with competition rather than synergy. Three of the REDD+ challenges can be resolved by treating REDD+ as a subset of the NAMA and national emission reduction plans for Indonesia.We conclude that two issues, rights and benefit distribution, remain a major challenge, and require progress on a motivational pyramid of policy and polycentric governance. National interest in retaining global palm oil exports gained priority over expectations of REDD forest rents. Genuine concerns over climate change motivate a small but influential part of the ongoing debate.

Authors: van Noordwijk, M.; Agus, F.; Dewi, S.; Purnomo, H.

Topic: emission,policy research,mitigation,REDD+,climate change

Geographic: Indonesia

Publisher: Springer

Publication Year: 2014

ISSN: 1381-2386

Source: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 19(6): 677-692

DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9502-y

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