President Jokowi Emphasize Environmental Commitment with Norway

Bogor, April 27, 2015

The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo had assured Norway that he has the same commitment to the environment as its predecessor, according to the Prime Minister of Norway told Reuters news agency. It is known that Norway has promised a grant of up to US $ 1 billion to help preserve Indonesian forests.

Shortly after taking office last October, President Jokowi dissolve the Management Board Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and then combine it with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

The policy raises concerns from environmental activist, that Indonesia may retreat from climate agreement with Norway, signed in 2010 by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

"We also have a little uneasy about whether the new government will go forward with the same speed as the old government. I think they're back on track," said the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, in an interview Tuesday night (14/4) after meeting with President Jokowi in Jakarta.

Indonesia imposed a temporary moratorium on deforestation as part of the agreement with Norway. A government official said earlier this month that the Jokowi's government would extend the ban.

Under the agreement, Indonesia will receive payments based on the amount of deforestation is reduced. But environmental groups said deforestation has increased due to the mining expansion and oil palm plantation.

"We have become more realistic about how quickly results can be achieved," said Solberg. He also added that Indonesia needs to be "cultural change" in order to successfully curb deforestation.


Source: (16042015)