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US Department of State: Joint Statement of the Second Indonesia-U.S. Joint Commission Meeting Bali, Indonesia
Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in Bali on July 24, 2011 to co-chair the second meeting of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Commission under the bilateral Comprehensive Partnership. Both were accompanied by senior officials from their respective governments and discussed the Indonesian government's recent pledge of forest tenure reform that was made during the recent Lombok Conference on Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise:
Working Group on Climate and Environment
The co-chairs of the Working Group on Climate and Environment reported on accomplishments in priority areas, including intensified consultations on global climate change action, tropical forests, environmental management and governance, and biodiversity and ecosystems conservation. Noting Indonesia’s July 12, 2011 land tenure speech as a major step forward for forest-dependent communities and recognizing the importance of an accurate forest mapping system, the Working Group identified key challenges and action plans to pilot Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation- Plus (REDD+) programs; strengthen climate change measurement, reporting and verification systems; advance the establishment of the climate change center, protect biodiversity, including habitats that are critical to the survival of orangutans and tigers; combat illegal logging; and promote sustainable management of forest and marine ecosystems. The Working Group also recognized an important new agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Environment to expand environmental cooperation and launch the “Breathe Easy, Jakarta” partnership. The two sides also expressed strong support for collaborating in a new Tropical Forest Conservation Act program expected to total approximately $20 million to manage tropical forests.
Read the entire Joint Statement here.
Posted By Adam Houston at 12:21pm on July 27, 2011
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