Enhanching Multi-stakeholder Partnership and Commitments towards Green Growth

A session by Governor of East Kalimantan

Date : Monday, 14 November 2016
Time : 17.40 – 19.00 GMT
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco


East Kalimantan is a microcosm for many of the world’s development dilemmas, with its leaders grappling with the challenge of how to bring millions of people out of poverty without destroying natural resources – on which local people and the local economy depend. It is a province on the frontline of sustainable development – rich in forests, as well as huge coal, oil and gas reserves, and home to hundreds of thousands of village communities and endangered species such as orangutans.

East Kalimantan Provincial Government has made significant efforts related to sustainable development since 2008 when it developed its Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) Working Group and began supporting district and project level initiatives. At the local level, there are commitments by district governments for green development, for example through the Berau Forest Carbon Program and other local level initiatives. In 2010, Governor Awang Faroek led development of the Province’s original Green East Kalimantan strategy and created the Provincial Climate Change Council to help drive that strategy forward.

The East Kalimantan Government has issued a moratorium of licenses and increased efforts to mainstream green economy to districts’ medium-term development plans.The province has been selected as the only pilot province in Indonesia for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility – the global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples. If successful, it will serve as a demonstration of how results-based finance can support the transition to a low-carbon model for economic development.

Major government reform initiatives, potential for large-scale climate mitigation investment, and existing corporate sustainability commitments create an opportunity for incremental changes for implementing sustainable development strategies within the region. However, these efforts have not yet produced the desired results due to lack of cooperation and trust between Indonesian stakeholders and government required to achieve lasting, shared green prosperity.

To address this challenge, the Governor announced plans to develop a Green Growth Compact on 29 May 2016. He led 19 Compact signatories, leaders from district government, companies (oil palm, forestry and oil and gas), communities and civil society in a joint declaration of intent to develop the Compact. Subsequently, The Compact is announced on 26 September 2016 in Jakarta in the event hosted by the Ministry of Forestry and Environment and the East Kalimantan Government. The Compact will serve as a “framework agreement” that provides guidance to stakeholders as they develop more operational plans, policies and actions based on existing regulatory and corporate practice systems.

The session will describe key issues, challenges, strategies, and lessons learnt as East Kalimantan Province is catalyzing and accelerating green growth within the national and international contexts. The discussion will also provide recommendations to government, companies, and others on how to build political support for, to finance and implement green growth at scale.