Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia Pavilion at COP28 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, will discuss further the issue of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy and waste sectors and from forestry and other land use sector. Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, stated that these sectors are very important in reducing Indonesia’s GHG emissions, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

"These sectors contribute to a real reduction in Indonesia's GHG emissions of 42.1 percent in 2023 as compared to business as usual," Bakar noted in her remarks at the opening of the Indonesia Pavilion on Thursday.

The forestry and other land use (FOLU) sector remains the largest contributor to reducing Indonesia's GHG emissions, reaching 60 percent. Indonesia already has an operational plan to implement the FOLU Net Sink 2030 agenda.

Bakar expressed confidence in Indonesia's ability to meet the FOLU Net Sink 2030 objective, citing recent progress in deforestation reduction. According to the minister, Indonesia also proved leadership in climate action by controlling peat fires when El Nino occurred this year and did not cause transboundary haze.

"This achievement was not on autopilot but the result of concrete efforts in the field, including when the COVID-19 pandemic occurred," Bakar remarked.

The Indonesia Pavilion at COP28 was officially opened with "Indonesia's Climate Actions: Inspiring the World" as its theme.

Chairman of the Indonesia Pavilion, Agus Justianto, stated that the Indonesian Pavilion at COP28 will be officially open from November 30 to December 11.

He explained that the Indonesia Pavilion is a means of conducting soft diplomacy to voice Indonesia's actions, strategies, and innovations to the international world, as a concrete form of jointly leading climate action.

"The Indonesia Pavilion aims to promote best practices implemented collaboratively by parties at the local, national and international levels," Justianto remarked.

The Indonesia Pavilion will also provide opportunities for parties to explore ideas, opportunities, and networking in the context of strengthening efforts to control climate change in Indonesia.

It will feature offline and virtual climate action exhibitions as well as hold a talk show featuring the latest climate actions taken by the government and all parties.

The Indonesian Pavilion will host 77 panel sessions featuring 379 speakers, according to Justianto.

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