9 November 2017 | 15:00-17:00 | Indonesia Pavilion

Collective Actions for Peatlands Restoration in Indonesia

As part of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), Indonesia is committed to reduce its national emissions as much as 29% (390 million tons) by 2030. Among the actions taken is to restore 2 million hectares of degraded peatlands. What does it take in terms of collective actions? Who participate? What is the progress? How can it be monitored and improved? This event will provide opportunities to negotiators and participants to learn ways and means to meet the targets.



Myrna Asnawati Safitri
Peatland Restoration Agency
Govt. Of Indonesia
Peatlands restoration in Indonesia: an update and the way forward

Myrna Asnawati Safitri, or better known by the name of Myrna Safitri is assigned to be in charge of Deputy III which performs the functions of education, dissemination, participation and partnership. The only woman in the organizational structure of the Peat Restoration Agency has been engaging in forestry policy in Indonesia for a long time, as an academician and a civil society actor. Prior to joining BRG, Myrna was a lecturer of Environment and Spatial Planning Law of the Faculty of Law of Pancasila University. In addition, she is also the Director of Epistema Institute - an institution that conducts studies and provides advices on legal issues, society and the environment by upholding eco-social justice perspectives.

Because of her abundant experiences, in addition to being one of the Deputy of BRG, Myrna is also assigned by the government to strengthen some teams namely (1) the team of speaker of the Corruption Eradication Commission for the National Movement for the Rescue of Natural Resources / formerly the Memorandum of Understanding for the Acceleration for Forest Area Assignment, (2) Team for the Handling of Cases of Environment and Forests, and (3) the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and (4) the Study Team for the Harmonization of Environmental Policy and Natural Resources of the Corruption Eradication Commission. The mother of three children earned her doctoral degree from Leiden University, the Netherlands, with the dissertation titled "Forest Tenure in Indonesia". Previously, she earned a Master of Anthropology degree at Indonesia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Brawijaya University, Malang.
Monica Tanuhandaru
Executive Director - Partnership
for Governance Reform - Indonesia
Peatland restoration from civil society perspectives

Monica is an expert in good governance, transparency issues, particularly anticorruption and security sector reform. At present she is the Executive Director of Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan), a leading Indonesian national organisation in the start of reform and good governance in Indonesia. Kemitraan major field of work are Sustainable Economy and Environmental Governance and Democratic Justice Governance www.kemitraan.or.id

Previously she has held various positions at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, including as Indonesia OIC Country Manager and head of the Anti-corruption Unit. She was, beforehand, the Programme Coordinator, in a six-year police and security sector reform programme with the International Organisation for Migration and Indonesian National Police, one of the major impact of her work was able to assist the peace process in Aceh province.

She founded and chaired several institutions, such as Institute Ecosoc Rights, Institute Pelangi Perempuan on LGBT Rights, ORLAB Education Foundation. She has also worked as an expert for the European Commission’s Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management Unit, including as an author of its first Conflict Prevention Assessment for Indonesia in 2001.
Dharsono Hartono
PT Rimba Makmur Utama
Large scale peatlands restoration with multiple objectives

Dharsono Hartono is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PT Rimba Makmur Utama, an Indonesia-based company that is developing the Katingan Project. Since 1998, he has worked for multinational companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and JP Morgan in New York, handling merger acquisition, debt management and financing and raising capital. His role in PT Rimba Makmur Utama includes managing all the company’s activities, especially marketing and financing in the carbon market. Dharsono obtained a bachelor’s degree in Operation Research, and a Master of Engineering from Cornell University in Financial Engineering.
Bas Tinhout
Wetlands International
The Netherlands
Sustainable peatlands for local community livelihoods

Bas Tinhout has worked for the past years at Wetlands International to draw attention for the of peatland conservation and sustainable use in Southeast Asia. Through his network at Wetlands International, he has been lobbying for policy change and action of government and private sector to safeguard peatlands from further degradation. Bas holds a MSc degree Forest and Nature Conservation and a BSc degree Tropical forestry which brought him to work in several countries around the world.

In his position, Bas is engaging intensively with civil society groups to call for peatland protection, rewetting and sustainable use. Bas is steering group committee member of the Environmental Paper Network, a network of 145 NGOs who share a common vision on forest and the pulp and paper industry. Through the network he stimulates awareness raising on peatland issues with pulp wood industry and local civil society and coordinates appropriate action, mainly in Indonesia.

In recent years, his focus is to stimulate and consolidate sustainable use solutions with private sector and community initiatives. Through knowledge exchange and learning peatland rewetting and viable economic alternatives can be upscaled and form an integrated part of sustainable peat landscapes.
Rosa Maria
Monitoring peatlands cover change: progress and caveats for restoration

Rosa María Román-Cuesta is Scientist at the Centre of International Forestry Research (CIFOR), at the Climate Change, Energy and Low Emission Development team, where she runs research on GHG emissions from the land use sector, climate change mitigation, and mapping/monitoring of tropical peatlands. Rosa María began her international career working on an EU project on sustainable use, conservation and restoration of tropical forests in Mexico and Chile, from where she earned her PhD on Forest Sciences (2002). Prior to joining CIFOR Rosa María ran consultancy work for the Norwegian Government, and held a three year position at the UN-REDD programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where she assisted Latin American Governments on the development and implementation of their forest mitigation activities (REDD+ readiness, REL/RL, National Forest Monitoring Systems, Information Systems for safeguards, GHG Inventories) (20102012). Rosa María has been in Academia since 1998, and counts on seven years of postdoctoral research at well-known centers in Mexico (ECOSUR), UK (Oxford), and Germany (TUM, Munich). She is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow since 2007 and a guest researcher at the University of Wageningen and at CREAF’s research center in Barcelona.

She has a particular fascination with and love for tropical forests where she counts on more than 17 years of experience (Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Panama). Her academic work addresses questions about ecosystem dynamics and carbon balances and has a focus on mitigation and adaptation to climate change. She works from plot level to landscape levels through remote sensing and GIS. She collaborates regularly with scientists, NGOs and governments and recently with the private sector.
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