Research Center for Climate Change Universitas Indonesia (RCCC UI), together with CIFOR and its partners are implementing a Global Comparative Study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (GCS REDD+). Through this project, we foster the co-creation of knowledge and learning exchange at all levels, ensuring policymakers and practitioners have access to – and use – the information, analyses, and tools needed to design and implement effective, efficient, and equitable REDD+ policies and actions. The Science and policy dialogue series is one of the key components introduced in GCS-REDD+ Phase 4 and aims to tailor research to country-level needs, policies, and targets pertaining to forest-based climate mitigation.
Science and Policy Dialogue is a series of meetings that bring together experts and policymakers to discuss about research and development surrounding forest and climate governance. The first dialogue on 16 December 2021 under the theme “From COP26 to G20: How research can support aligning forest, finance and development planning in Indonesia” set the tone for the whole series about the importance of research in supporting policymaking. The second dialogue, “Improving REDD+ information to advance REDD+ architecture”, was conducted on 25 April 2022 – one of the sessions focused on the role of REDD+ projects in Indonesia towards the Paris Agreement target, which brought about recent issues pertaining to the state of REDD+ financial and the importance of equitable benefit sharing. The third dialogue on 4 August 2022 discussed, “How are benefits from REDD+ finance shared?” and found that benefit sharing from REDD+ projects and programs (government-led) took various forms, from monetary to diverse in-kind (non-monetary) distributions. Now, the latest iteration of Science and Policy Dialogue will focus on sharing lessons on deforestation archetypes and REDD+ impact evaluation research from GCS REDD+ countries, including Indonesia.
The latest and major achievement for Indonesia is the lowest deforestation rate in decades with only 0.1 million hectares or 75% lower following with only small percentage of forest fire appear. Policy mixes have been major contributors to the effort of the Indonesian government to tackle deforestation. Zooming in to different context that brings favorable circumstances for a decrease in deforestation may help us to understand better what works and how we keep the positive trend into the future.
The main objective of this fourth discussion is to share RCCC UI, CIFOR and partners’ progress on the deforestation diagnostics approach. The dialogue will be organized in two main sessions. First, the research team members will lay out the details pertaining to the method on defining and identifying different contexts of deforestation in Indonesia (or the deforestation archetypes). The study involves new analyses of satellite data, as well as the identification of different patterns of deforestation and drivers in Indonesia. Second, we will also present progress on impact evaluation studies and the identification of forest-relevant policies.
The goal of the dialogue is to present the research to receive feedback from key stakeholders, which will allow to make the research more relevant for practitioners and policymakers in Indonesia.