GCF 2017 Annual Meeting held in Balikpapan.

JAKARTA - Members of the Governors' Climate and Forest Task Force (GCF) have agreed to reduce deforestation by 80 percent by 2020 which had been declared in the Rio Branco Declaration and signed at the 2014 GCF Annual Meeting.

A quarter of the world's tropical forests are represented by GCF members consisting of 35 provinces in nine countries.

To achieve the target, international funding and financing mechanisms are required to maximize investment quality.

Read more: Nine Countries Agree to Reduce Deforestation by 80 Percent


Brazil’s dropping GHG emissions are linked to its efforts to reduce deforestation, something Indonesia may want to emulate.

A boat travels up one of many drainage canals in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Dug as part of Indonesia's Mega Rice Project in the mid 1990s, the canals drain surrounding forests of water, making them highly susceptible to fires. Image Credit: Flickr / dfataustralianaid

It has been almost one year since Indonesia ratified the Paris Agreement, binding the country’s commitment to limit warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to keep temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As the country relies heavily on its natural resources and land use, failing to cooperate with the climate change policy could create potential consequences economically and environmentally.

Read more: The Paris Agreement: Can Indonesia Be The Next Brazil?


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