Indonesia and Australia agreed to cooperate in the field of carbon accounting contained in the Indonesia National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS) which is a system of measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of Greenhouse Gases (GHG), including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation activities and the Role of Conservation (REDD +).
When the occasion happened when the Indonesian delegation met with the Australian Minister of Environment, Melissa Price, at the Secretariat of the Indonesian Delegation (Delri) on the sidelines of the UN 24 COP Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland, Monday (12/10/2018).
The Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya said, Indonesia received support from Australia regarding climate change in INCAS.
“Australia also supports us in developing instruments to measure, report and verify. “This is important in calculating carbon emissions,” said Minister Siti.
In addition, according to Minister Siti, Indonesia and Australia agreed to schedule cooperation in the management of peat, mangrove, and marine plastic waste.
“The implementation of the agreement is still awaiting clarity of technical implementation,” he said.
Indonesia has an emission reduction target of 29% by 2030 and with international support the target is 41%.
The decline is targeted at 17% of forestry, including from blue carbon forests, especially mangroves, then an 11% decline is made through the energy sector.
Australia itself has a target of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) 26-27%.
Meanwhile, Melissa Pice welcomed the cooperation of the two countries in the field of environment, especially forestry.
“Congratulations to Indonesia for getting good results in forestry.”
“In a broader scope, in terms of blue carbon issues and marine plastic waste, cooperation is also widely open because Indonesia and Australia both have deep concern for this,” said Minister Melissa.
Plans for the future, Indonesia and Australia will revive the Working Group on Environment and Climate Change, which was last held in February 2012.
Indonesia and Australia are also expected to be able to carry out follow-up steps of the Asia Pacific Rain Forest Partnership (APRP), work together to increase capacity building, and invite Australia to attend the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) which will be held in Beijing, China, March 2019.