President Joko Widodo has disbanded Indonesia’s BP REDD+ agency, which was established in 2013 to help the country meet greenhouse gas emission targets from deforestation, and merged it with Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
The decision, which was issued via Presidential Decree No. 16/2015 issued on Jan. 23, will see the Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Management Body, as well as the National Council on Climate Change, folded into the ministry.
Both agencies are lead agencies whose role is crucial to halting Indonesia’s rapid deforestation rates and mitigating climate change.
It was still not clear what implications Indonesian government’s latest move has for the future of the BP REDD+ agency, for which Norway has pledged US$1 billion in financial support.
Read more: The Jakarta Globe