Deforestation still at a record low in Indonesia

Figures on deforestation in Indonesia for 2021-2022, published yesterday by Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, show a decrease in deforestation by 8.4% compared to the previous year (2021-2022: 104,000 hectares; 2020-2021: 113,500 hectares).

Indonesia has the third largest preserved tropical forest on the planet. In recent years, deforestation in the country has been at a record low – the lowest in 20 years. Since 2015 alone, deforestation in Indonesia has been reduced by 90 percent.

A success story

– The success of Indonesia is a good example that strong government policy measures are working. We are proud of our partnership with Indonesia, and look forward to further supporting the government’s impressive results and ambitious plans, says Climate and Environment Minister Barth Eide

Through the Norway-Indonesia partnership, Norway will support Indonesia’s efforts to achieve a net sink in the forestry and other land use sectors by 2030 by reducing emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and carbon-rich peatlands as well as absorbing more carbon through restoration of forests, peatlands and mangroves. This involves, among other things, sustainable forest management, social forestry and land rehabilitation, reducing emissions from fires and peat decomposition, and strengthening law enforcement.

Results-based supportNorway’s contributions to Indonesia are results-based, which means that emissions reductions are achieved and verified by an independent third party before financial contributions are made.

Results from the 2016/2017 forest year have already been verified, which led to a 56 million USD financial contribution from Norway to Indonesia in October 2022 to Indonesia’s Environment Fund. Additional results-based contributions will be annually as emission reductions are verified for subsequent years.