Kicking off work for PAGE Indonesia

18 October 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia - PAGE officially kicked off its work in Indonesia, with an Inception Workshop being held today. Indonesia, a partner country recently welcomed onto the PAGE programme, is fast becoming one of the largest economies in South East Asia. However, the country faces significant threats to its long-term progress, with specific challenges including exploitation of natural resources, rapid industrialization, poverty and unemployment. The Government is committed to addressing these sustainability challenges and is currently working to include green economy principles and Low Carbon Development (LCD) within its National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024, for which it seeks PAGE support.

Along with the five UN agencies that form PAGE, the workshop was attended by the Director of Environmental Affairs from the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) as the co-host, representatives from the Office of  the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, as well as a number of organisations involved in Indonesia’s green economy and LCD transition including WRI Indonesia, GIZ and the World Bank.

The purpose of the workshop was to present the initial scope of PAGE support to the Government of Indonesia and to gather inputs to synergize activities among stakeholders working within the same area. The workshop began with an overview of the government’s approach in developing the National Medium Term Development Plan 2020-2024 using system-dynamic modelling to assess social, economic and environmental impacts of various policy interventions. This was followed by a presentation of PAGE’s core objectives, outcomes and outputs. Next, a session was held to take stock of existing national green economy initiatives and explore possible linkages with PAGE work nationally and internationally. This was delivered through stakeholder presentations on their ongoing and planned inclusive green economy and LCD work.

The workshop then split into two parallel focus group dialogues, covering i) green economy modelling and investment strategy; ii) sectoral green economy in energy, land-use and industry; iii) green jobs; and iv) green training. In these sessions, participants shared their experiences remaining gaps identified. Once the dialogue outputs and stakeholder insights had been gathered, a draft PAGE Indonesia workplan for 2019-2022 was developed in accordance with the PAGE core outcomes framework.