The Asia Foundation and Ocean Justice Initiatives Collaborate at Festival LIKE 2023 in Indonesia

September 26, 2023 — There’s been a lot of concern over the world’s rising temperatures and climate change effects. The Asia Foundation in Indonesia’s Environmental Governance program is actively supporting countries to play their part in reducing global temperatures.

Together with local partner Ocean Justice Initiatives (IOJI), the Foundation participated in Festival LIKE 2023, organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The Foundation’s Environmental Governance program has been supporting the IOJI in strengthening blue carbon ecosystem governance in Indonesia.

During the three-day event, a talk show, “Strengthening Blue Carbon Ecosystem Governance in Achieving FOLU Net Sink 2030,” was held to discuss the importance of legal and policy framework to optimize the potential of blue carbon ecosystems and help Indonesia to pursue the goals of the FOLU Net Sink 2030. On September 18, Indonesia’s President Jokowi Widodo symbolically handed over several Social Forestry Decrees, including Asia Foundation facilitated social forestry projects in Aceh Jaya Regency, Aceh province, with local partner JK Aceh.  

Upon handing the Social Forestry Decrees to 12 recipient representatives, President Jokowi asked the recipient to use the decrees productively and invited all stakeholders to work together to prevent environmental damage. “I entrust environmental activists, traditional leaders, and social forestry groups, to work together to intensify forest rehabilitation and forest improvement.”

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