GGGI takes part in the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018

Oslo, Norway, June 28 – GGGI took part in the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum (OTTF) 2018 hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to present the importance of jurisdictional platforms to scale up REDD+ across peatland landscapes and discuss ways to foster protection of tropical forests. The GGGI Indonesia team co-organized a public event entitled “Innovative Solutions for Scaling Up REDD+ in Tropical Peatland Landscapes” in partnership with the World Resources Institute and in conjunction with the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). The main purpose of the event was to address the challenges and solutions to the peatland restoration in Indonesia, highlighting the potential for upscaling of current local or site-based initiatives through jurisdictional platforms and landscape-wide and business-based approaches for restoring degraded peatlands.

Discussions were held to identify remaining challenges on the REDD+ implementation, particularly in countries, such as Colombia and Indonesia, in the context of achieving the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The GGGI Colombia team supported the Colombian Government to present its Integrated Strategy to Control Deforestation and Manage Forests, the roadmap to reduce deforestation and to provide incentives for sustainable use of the forest ecosystems of Colombia. The main achievements and challenges in a post-conflict context were presented within this complex but needed to take a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach.

The Forum served as a platform for representatives of GGGI to have interactive dialogue through bilateral meetings with GGGI’s Norwegian counterparts, development banks and investors, government officials as well as representatives of private sector companies. Some very useful in-depth discussions were held on options for scaling-up REDD+ efforts in Colombia and Indonesia, and potential for collaboration and project opportunities in Myanmar, Peru and Indonesia.