Improving Indonesia’s FREL through Refined GHG Accounting in Wetlands and Knowledge Management

Project leaderDaniel Murdiyarso
Emaild.murdiyarso@cgiar.org
Location Indonesia
Project statusON-GOING
Project start2019-12-01
Project end2021-11-30

In January 2016 Indonesia submitted a Forest Referecne Emissions Level (FREL) to the UNFCCC. This project aims to improve that FREL by generating more accurate and less uncertain emission factors, and land use activities and also by including currently underrepresented land-use dynamics. The existing FREL ise used as the project baseline. 

Outputs that are delivered as part of this project include:
.             A report assessing the transparency, accuracy, completeness, consistency and comparability of the current FREL;
.         A report identifying underrepresented forest dynamics (sources/sinks) in wetlands; and
.         A database with the EFs and AD submitted for the current FREL, and the EFs (IPCC default values) and AD for the missing emissions/sources. 
    
These outputs are delivered to the main actor, the National Focal Point to the UNFCCC, residing in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry's Directorate General of Climate Change, who will submit Indonesia's improved FREL to the UNFCCC Secretariat on behalf of the GoI .

Another actor is the ITPC (International Tropical Peatland Center) Coordinator, residing in the Forestry and Environmental Research, Development and Innovation Agency at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The ITPC coordinator is responsible for running the Interim Secretariat of the ITPC to ensure knowledge exchange and sharing take place.

The project creates opportunities to engage other countries involved in the ITPC and foster South-South collaboration, which is mandated to the Center. Virtual and actual platforms like the Global Landscape Forum facilitate policy dialogues, technical capacity development and awareness raising around the importance of tropical peatlands for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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