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Peluncuran Buku "Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change" Karya Frances Seymour dan Jonah Busch

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Center for Global Development telah menerbitkan sebuah buku berjudul Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change yang ditulis oleh Frances Seymour dan Jonah Busch. Buku ini membahas mengenai sains, ekonomi, dan kebijakan terkait konservasi hutan dan sistem keuangan untuk menekankan urgensi dan kemungkinan penambahan insentif finansial untuk mengurangi deforestasi, khususnya melalui pendekatan berbasis capaian kinerja (performance-based approach). Dalam konteks upaya mitigasi perubahan iklim di Indonesia, pemberian insentif finansial untuk mengurangi emisi dari deforestasi dan degradasi hutan memiliki potensi keberhasilan yang tinggi, khususnya mengingat perubahan tata guna lahan dan kehutanan merupakan salah satu sektor utama (47.7%) yang berkontribusi pada emisi gas rumah kaca di Indonesia.

Dalam rangka memaparkan penemuan terbaru buku tersebut dan untuk merayakan Hari Hutan Internasional, WRI Indonesia dan Center for Global Development mengadakan acara peluncuran buku Why Forests? Why Now? yang akan diselenggarakan pada:

Hari/tanggal: Selasa, 21 Maret 2017

Waktu : 09.30-12.00 WIB (dilanjutkan dengan santap siang)

Tempat : Hotel Borobudur, Timor Room, Lobby level

Dalam acara ini, para pembicara yang akan turut berdiskusi untuk membedah buku adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Frances Seymour, penulis buku Why Forests? Why Now?

  • Kindy Rinaldy Syahrir, Kepala Bidang Kerja Sama Internasional Dan Pendanaan Perubahan Iklim, Pusat Kebijakan Pembiayaan Perubahan Iklim dan Multilateral, Badan Kebijakan
    Fiskal, Kementerian Keuangan

  • Laksmi Dhewhanti, Penasihat Senior Menteri Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan, Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (TBC)

  • Nirarta Samadhi, Direktur, WRI Indonesia

  • Sonny Mumbunan, Peneliti di Research Center for Climate Change Universitas Indonesia

  • Moderator: Wimar Witoelar

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Recap

WRI Indonesia and the Center for Global Development co-hosted a book launch of Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch’s book: Why Forests? Why Now? in Jakarta on the International Day of Forests.

Frances Seymour and Nirarta Samadhi spoke at the launch alongside Kindy Rinaldy Syahrir, Head of International Cooperation and Climate Change Finance, Ministry of Finance; Laksmi Dhewanthi, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Forestry on Industry and International Trade, and Sonny Mumbunan, an economist with the RCCC UI. The discussion, moderated by Wimar Witoelar, revolved around REDD+ finance, Indonesia’s fiscal policy in pursuing performance-based payment, and the country’s role in protecting forests.

Frances mentioned that REDD+ was a good start as the payment-for-performance scheme, but its funding was only limited to aid. The government of developed countries had to go extra miles in providing market-based mechanism and public policy tools to incentivize developing countries with abundant forests to keep them intact.

Laksmi further commented that the book was relevant to the context in Indonesia, especially in its relations to the draft regulation on environmental, economic instruments. She explained that market-based instrument to internalizing the externalities would be integral to the upcoming regulation. The instrument would also regulate the compensation for services between regions.

Kindy, as the representative from Ministry of Finance, was confident that Indonesia was on the right track by having the policy instruments, such as fiscal transfer and UU Desa that can regulate the disbursement of village fund for forest protection.

Nirarta from WRI Indonesia enriched the discussion from the perspective of technology. He aptly said that there had to be a bridge between advanced technology and people to use the data for a better forests management.

Lastly, Sonny, an economist from RCCC, told the audience that Indonesia’s national strategy for REDD+ could use the approach employed in Brazil. The government should set up the enabling condition regarding technology, policy, and political structure between ministries.

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