Minister Eide’s Statement on the occasion of the signing of MoU between Norway and Indonesia

Minister Eide’s Statement on the occasion of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Norway and Indonesia on Partnership in Support of Indonesia’s Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU). Jakarta, September 12, 2022.

  • First of all, I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Minister Siti Nurbaya for welcoming me to Indonesia and the very warm hospitality I have been met with during my whole stay. Visiting Kalimantan again, this time to see the impressive work Indonesia is doing on mangroves, was an unforgettable experience.

  • I am proud to be here together with Minister Nurbaya to announce our new partnership, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. This is marking the start of a new era of even deeper and broader collaboration between our two countries on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

  • Together, we will join forces to strengthen the fight against climate change and to reduce emissions from forests and land use. International cooperation is critical if we are to preserve irreplaceable natural ecosystems and reach our common global ambitions under the Paris Agreement.

  • Indonesia plays an indispensable role in our fight against climate change. Indonesia is already a global leader in reducing deforestation. This constitutes one of the largest climate mitigation results since we launched the Paris Agreement in 2015.

  • Indonesia’s efforts deserve recognition and praise. I am therefore very happy to be here today and learn not only about Indonesia’s impressive results, but the efforts behind those results and their ambitious plans as outlined under the comprehensive FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan. Minister Nurbaya has played a personal leadership role in all of this.

  • The new partnership will support Indonesia’s continuous efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests and land use through the implementation of Indonesia’s ambitious goal of net sink emissions in for forest and land use sector by 2030.

  • Our new partnership not only encompasses a results-based model, but also involves broader engagement on forest and climate in Indonesia.

  • Through results-based contributions, Norway will support a portion of national level and third-party verified emission reductions from deforestation and forest degradation for forest years 2016/2017 to 2019/2020 based on the existing MRV protocol, as will also be specified in the contribution agreement. Contributions for results generated 2020/2021 onwards will be based on an updated MRV protocol as mutually agreed by us together.


  • We will also work together on the contribution agreement, which will be finalized between 3-4 weeks after this MoU signing.

  • I would like to acknowledge the critical role played by local and adat communities, as well as other various stakeholder, as active participants in strategies to protect forests and reduce forests and land use emissions.

  • Norway is therefore pleased to support the FOLU Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan, which will ensure full and effective participation of all relevant stakeholders, including local and adat communities.

  • I am confident that we will continue to build on the friendship between us to develop new areas of collaboration, to the benefit of future generations.

  • Once again, I would like to thank Minister Nurbaya for the warm welcome, the constructive meetings, and not least the inspiring and educational field trip to East Kalimantan. I very much look forward to working with you in the years to come.