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National forest monitoring systems for REDD+

Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership

Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership (IAFCP)

[Stand No. 08]

Dr Silver Hutabarat is the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry secondee into the INCAS (Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System) Program under the IAFCP. In this role, Silver is coordinating the delivery of efforts to build the Indonesian Government's capacity to measure, report and verify (MRV) forest carbon emissions. Under the INCAS Program, he is heavily involved in the development of a pilot forest carbon accounting system in Indonesia. This system is being designed in compliance with international best practice guidelines for forest carbon accounting and with sufficient flexibility to meet Indonesia's future emissions' reporting requirements.

Mr Thomas Harvey is the INCAS Program Manager. In this role, Thomas is responsible for managing the delivery of financial and technical assistance to the Government of Indonesia on forest carbon accounting to support its efforts to measure, report and verify (MRV) forest carbon emissions. He is leading the INCAS team in developing a pilot forest carbon accounting system in Indonesia.

Presentation Summary

National-level forest carbon accounting systems – MRV for REDD+ and decision support tools

Through the Indonesia National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS) program, the Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership is building Indonesia's capacity in forest carbon accounting and in doing so seeking to develop a pilot national-level forest carbon accounting system capable of supporting Indonesia's future MRV arrangements for REDD+.

However, in addition to providing a basis for participation in REDD+, national-level forest carbon accounting systems can also serve as highly valuable decision support tools and help fill policy blinds on the impact of past, present and future land-management scenarios. Having a national system capable of generating country-specific information allows for informed decision making to meet unique national circumstances. For example, national systems can inform the generation of appropriate REL scenarios, selection of appropriate base years, REDD+ negotiations, land use planning and more generally the sustainable management of forests.

Through the INCAS programme of support, the IAFCP is supporting the Indonesian Government in its efforts to develop a system capable of delivering the above listed benefits. Current activities under the INCAS programme include:

  • The generation of national maps showing annual forest-cover change across all of Indonesia;
  • The development of a biomass class map across Indonesia; and
  • Early stages of a pilot carbon accounting system for Kalimantan.

The session will display maps, photographs, text and hand-drawn diagrams to illustrate national-level forest carbon accounting systems and their role in supporting the sustainable management of forests.

Key questions:

  • What is a forest carbon accounting system?
  • Why have a forest carbon accounting system?
  • What role do they play in supporting the sustainable management of forests?