Palu, Central Sulawesi (ANTARA) - The Environment and Forestry Ministry disseminated information on the efforts to achieve Indonesia's Forestry and Other Land Uses (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 in Central Sulawesi.

Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030 is a scenario wherein the carbon absorption rate in the forestry and other land use sector is equal to or even higher than the sector's emissions in 2030.

"Indonesia is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the contributions to handle climate change," the ministry's official, Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, stated during the FOLU Net Sink 2030 dissemination event here Monday.

The central government is aiming for the greenhouse gas emission absorption to reach 140 million tons of CO2e within the next seven years.

"The forestry sector has the biggest contribution, by 60 percent, in achieving the net zero emission target," he affirmed.

Regional governments are the ministry's strategic partners in the efforts to realize Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030, he emphasized.

"We intensively conduct the dissemination of (information on) this program at the sub-national level in 22 provinces that became the ministry's target this year," he noted.

In addition to disseminating information, the ministry, regional governments, and academicians work collectively to formulate the future work plan, he remarked.

This plan includes protection and preservation of nature and its ecosystem for climate adaptation and mitigation, he stated.

Regional Secretary of the Central Sulawesi Provincial Government Novalina noted that the provincial government already has a regional action plan document to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It also has a main plan for development of a green economy based on renewable natural resources.

Several programs in the plan involve climate change handling that has been carried out by the regional government, Novalina stated.

This includes forest fire handling in critical land, social forestry management optimization, forest and land rehabilitation, as well as natural resources and ecosystem protection and conservation, including river area management.

Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030 encompasses efforts to reduce the rate of mineral and peat land deforestation and degradation and to support plant forest development.

It also involves sustainable forest management, forest rehabilitation, peatland restoration, peatland water system repair, and biodiversity conservation.

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