Consultant for Business Development

Tags: climate change Law Environment
  • Added Date: Monday, 25 April 2022
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Program Overview

WRI Indonesia aspires to support the achievement of Indonesiaโ€™s sustainable development goals. In most part of those five areas we have a comparative advantage and much to contribute:

  • Forest and Landscape: Commodity-focused companies have their eyes set on Indonesiaโ€™s landsโ€”most of the time resulting in the conversion of pristine forests and peatlands into plantations. At the same time, President Joko Widodoโ€™s food sovereignty targets entail the expansion of palm oil, rice, sugarcane, and corn plantations, potentially resulting in deforestation through land clearing and peat conversion. Illegal logging is also a notable problem that is closely related to deforestation and forest degradation. Additionally, the country also faces the perpetual predicament of dealing with forest and peat fires. Increasingly, the GOI recognizes the landscape approach and posits integrated watershed management and coastal zone protection, including its seagrass meadows.
  • Energy: Fossil fuels, Indonesia's main source of export revenues are still central to the current and future of the country's energy policy, making a 23% renewable energy target by 2025 appear to be unrealistic. Insufficient investment in innovation, lethargic participation from corporations and industries, lack of monitoring on renewable power infrastructure, and unwieldy regulatory regime are inhibiting the energy transformation from reaching its full potential. Looking ahead, growing environmental concerns from illegal commodity encroachment to protected forests combined with sharp falls in coal prices call and the lack of access to electricity call into question the sustainability of an energy strategy based almost exclusively on fossil fuels.
  • Cities: In parallel to the aforementioned national priorities, city leaders are also showing commitments to developing sustainable and smart cities, providing opportunities for us to address land use, energy, and other issues pertaining to climate change using a city-level approach. In total, over 120 million Indonesian people today live in urban areas (2013), predicted to increase to 68% of the total population by 2025โ€”a huge shift from its previously rural, agricultural society, which also signals the timely need for focus in the sector as well. As pointed out in the recent New York Times report (2017) on Jakarta land subsidence, one of the main urban issues is water risk and management both for clean water provision as well as flood control.
  • Climate: WRI Indonesiaโ€™s climate portfolio has the vision to aid the Government to achieve its climate resilience and emission reduction targets through a clear, robust, transparent, and credible roadmap and implementation involving all relevant stakeholders. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is the global medium for a country to pledge its emission reduction target and strategies. Indonesia needs to mainstream and translates the emission reduction target into sectoral and jurisdictional development programs, as well as develop a robust set of Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) system. Indonesia also needs to set up its National Long Term Climate Strategies (LTS) as part of its contribution to achieving global zero net emissions in the second half of this century. Defining a New Climate Economy

    for Indonesia is actually an empirical-based and leads practitionersโ€™ guided strategy for a climate-resilient and low-carbon development in Indonesia. Working with private sectors to support the Science-Based Targets Initiative and aligning companies' GHG emissions reduction targets with Paris Agreement goals is an area that will be explored over the next five years.

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