New climate change agency in Indonesia to go beyond carbon

Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto at ICRAF-Nairobi 5 Feb 2013
Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto at ICRAF Hq-Nairobi, 5 Feb 2013

Between 60 and 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia come from forest and peatland loss. “We have to tackle this in order to meet Indonesia’s commitment to emissions reduction,” Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said to an audience at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi, on 5 February 2013.

At the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh in 2009, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the richly forested country. “We are devising …a policy … that will reduce our emissions by 26 percent by 2020. With international support… we can reduce emissions by as much as 41 percent,” the President said. And in May 2010, Indonesia signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Norway to support REDD+ through a contribution of 1 billion US dollars, to be paid based on verified emissions reductions. Read more. . .

‘Farming the associations’ with trees for food security, climate resilience

Intercropped farm in Meru, Kenya. Photo by Sammy Carsan/ICRAF

At a webinar on agroforestry’s potential to foster food security and mitigate and build resilience to climate change, keynote speaker Emmanuel Torquebiau said agroforestry was not simply about “farming trees and farming crops side by side.”

“It is, rather, about farming the associations between crops or animals and trees.” In well-designed agroforestry systems, the ecological requirements of crops, livestock and trees (e.g. shade/light requirements, root structure, and water demand), market value and other considerations in time and space are taken into account, together, he explained. Read more. . .

Is that hot shower deforestation-free?

Photo taken on 2 December 2012 at a Forest Day 6 event at the UNFCCC COP18. Photo/ICRAF
Doug Boucher discussed global deforestation trends on Forest Day 6

At a Forest Day 6 discussion forum, ecologist Doug Boucher spoke about the three D’s that characterize the face of deforestation today: Drivers, Different and Dynamic.

“Drivers vary in important ways among and within countries,” said Boucher, who leads the Climate Research and Analysis unit of the Union of Concerned Scientists. His message reinforced the one delivered by the session’s keynote speaker, Heru Prasetyo, who shared the complexities associated with unraveling the drivers of deforestation in Indonesia.

Boucher explained that those complexities proliferate when country-specific drivers are viewed from a global lens. “Drivers vary depending on the continent you’re on and, often, the country you’re in,” he said. Read more. . .