Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced a new climate partnership to support Indonesia's Forest and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 Operational Plan.

The partnership will be a follow-up to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and USAID to jointly support Indonesia’s FOLU sector, the US Embassy in Jakarta said in a statement issued on Friday.

The government of Indonesia, through the ministry, and the United States government, through USAID, have announced their intention to enter into a framework agreement early next year for up to US$50 million, subject to the availability of funds, to launch a new climate partnership.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said that she “appreciates the elevation of ongoing bilateral partnership in support of Indonesia’s FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate goals.”

"We can demonstrate that our partnership is not merely a pledge, but is being translated into climate actions," she added.

To support the ministry’s goals, USAID will coordinate closely with the government of Indonesia at all levels and with local, national, and international stakeholders.

Subject to legal and financial requirements, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and USAID will detail their proposed activities in the new framework agreement.

"We support the ministry’s leadership on sustainable land use and the protection of valuable forests across Indonesia," USAID mission director Jeff Cohen said.

"This framework agreement will deepen our partnership with the government of Indonesia to address the challenges of climate change and to secure a prosperous, resilient, green future," Cohen added.

The new climate partnership will include support to conserve orangutans and other charismatic species such as elephants, tigers, and rhinoceroses in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Bolstering ongoing conservation efforts, the partnership will provide support to the ministry’s priorities, including through the Indonesia Environment Fund (BPDLH), and will strengthen collaboration among relevant stakeholders to continue advancing sustainable and equitable management of Indonesia’s extraordinary natural resources.

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