Indonesian Minister Urges Collaboration for Sustainable Development

Indonesia's deforestation rate decreased significantly, with a net reduction of 8.4% and gross reduction of 14.1% between 2021 and 2022. The country's progress was highlighted at the 19th United Nations Forum on Forests, showcasing its commitment to sustainable forest management.

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Nitish Verma
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Indonesian Minister Urges Collaboration for Sustainable Development

Indonesian Minister Urges Collaboration for Sustainable Development

Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has called for joint efforts to ensure sustainable development amid rapid economic growth in Jakarta. The Minister's statement comes as Indonesia's deforestation level has decreased significantly in recent years, according to data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK).

Why this matters: The reduction of deforestation rates in Indonesia has significant implications for global efforts to combat climate change, as preserving forests is crucial for mitigating its effects. Moreover, Indonesia's progress in sustainable forest management can serve as a model for other countries to follow, promoting a more environmentally conscious approach to economic development.

Indonesia's deforestation rate has decreased significantly over the last three decades, with a net deforestation rate reduction of 8.4% between 2021 and 2022. The country's gross deforestation rate reduction reached 14.1% during the same period. In 2021-2022, Indonesia's net deforestation was 104,000 hectares, compared to 113,500 hectares in 2020-2021.

The data was obtained through a combination of remote sensing, direct inspection on the ground, and data processing. Indonesia has a National Forest Monitoring System (SIMONTANA) to determine current forest conditions, which is divided into 23 classes of land cover types, including forest and non-forest areas.

"In the last three decades, Indonesia's deforestation rate has decreased significantly," said Agus Justianto, Acting Director General of Sustainable Forest Management at KLHK, during an event on the sidelines of the 19th United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in New York on May 10, 2024.

The Indonesian delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry Alue Dohong, attended the 19th UNFF held at the UN headquarters in New York from May 6-10, 2024. The forum aims to promote sustainable forest management practices and address forest-related issues globally.

Indonesia's significant progress in reducing deforestation rates over the past three decades demonstrates the country's commitment to sustainable forest management. With a net deforestation rate reduction of 8.4% and a gross deforestation rate reduction of 14.1% between 2021 and 2022, Indonesia continues to make strides in preserving its valuable forest resources.