LUMENS lights the way to a green economy

A new participatory land-use planning method being trialled in Indonesia promises to deliver the groundwork for a ‘green’ economy

Indonesia has set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 41% by 2020, as stated in Presidential Regulation for a National Action Plan For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (known as the RAN-GRK). An 88% reduction is required from the land-based sector. To achieve this, all levels of government must identify the emissions in their jurisdictions and implement plans to reduce them. This isn’t easy in a nation with a population of 250 million growing at 1.2% a year that has the third-highest rate of emissions in the world, mainly from deforestation, which have helped fuel economic growth averaging more than 5% a year for the last decade.

 

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Multifunctional landscape in Jayapura, Papua, from the air. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Asri Joni

Multifunctional landscape in Jayapura, Papua, from the air. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Asri Joni

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Rob Finlayson

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program’s regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre’s website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

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