The carbon pricing scheme developed by Indonesia (NEK) can support the achievement of the country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
At the same time, NEK can be a business opportunity for Forest Utilization Licensing Companies (PBPH) and communities that manage forests.
The Executive Director of the Belantara Foundation, Dolly Priatna, explained that the issue of forest carbon had been raised during the climate change conference in Bali 15 years ago.
At that time, a scheme to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) was launched.
“Over time, carbon issues have progressed to support commitments to reduce GHG emissions but also have business potential,” he said during the online Belantara Learning Series Episode 2: Economic Value and Forest Carbon Estimation, Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
This business potential can not only be utilized by entrepreneurs who have a Forest Utilization Business Permit (PBPH) from the government but also by people who manage forests such as customary forests, community forests, or other forest management patterns.
“Therefore, we held this discussion to help the community understand regulatory developments, understand the concept of calculating and estimating forest carbon,” said Dolly.
Present at the event were participants with various backgrounds ranging from academics, researchers, government, students, to business people from Aceh to Papua.
This activity is a collaboration between the Belantara Foundation, the Environmental Management Study Program at the Graduate School of Pakuan University, and PT Gaia Eko Daya Buana.
Researcher from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) I Wayan Susi Dharmawan explained that the government had issued Presidential Regulation No. 98 of 2021 as an umbrella for the implementation of the NEK.