Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a visit from Norwegian Climate and Environment Minister Andreas Bjelland Eriksen in Jakarta on Sunday to discuss bilateral cooperation and the issue of palm oil discrimination.

Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, accompanied President Jokowi during the meeting at the Merdeka Palace.

She emphasized that achieving the Forest and Other Land Uses (FOLU) Net Sink 2030 targets is among Indonesia's top priorities.

Norway recognized Indonesia’s efforts in reducing carbon emissions and rewarded the country with US$156 million, she added. This financial incentive reflects Indonesia’s success in curbing 30.2 million tons of carbon emissions.

According to Bakar, during the meeting, President Jokowi appealed to the Norwegian government to help disseminate clear information about Indonesia's eco-friendly palm oil processing methods. The goal is to prevent European countries from unfairly treating Indonesian palm oil.

"The President appealed to Norway to help dispel misperceptions to prevent discrimination against Indonesian palm oil," she pointed out.

President Jokowi also addressed the European Union’s land inventory method, which complements the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR).

"Indonesia also criticized the land inventory method," Bakar stated.

Norwegian Minister Eriksen expressed gratitude to President Jokowi for allocating time for the meeting.

He said that it had been an honor for Norway to cooperate and collaborate with Indonesia, which has made significant progress in dealing with deforestation.

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Translator: Rangga P, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Anton Santoso
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