Establishment of Forest Reference and Emission Level (FREL) And Biennial Update Report (BUR): Indonesia experience

Key Messages:

  1. Giving understanding what processes have been made in preparing FREL and BUR, respectively
  2. Promote the submission of FREL and BUR
  3. Introducing data and information used for generating FREL and BUR, and how it get along with the TACCC (transparency, accuracy, completeness, consistency, compatible) concepts
  4. Gathering information used for improving updated FREL and BUR


In this COP, Indonesia at last submit some important documents to UNFCCC secretariat, including the Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) and Biennial Update Reports (BUR). The FREL referred to Decision 1/CP.16 Paragraph 70, which encourages country Parties to contribute to mitigation actions in the forestry sector, in accordance with their respective capabilities and national circumstances.

In the same time Indonesia has also completed its first Biennial Update Reports (BUR), following Decision 2/CP.17, which is containing updates of national greenhouse gas inventories, including a national inventory report and information on mitigation actions, needs and supports.

The session provides opportunities to give understanding in how Indonesia develops the data they used for the FREL and BUR establishment. Those are including brief explanation on National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) and National Forest Inventory (NFI), as well as considerations taken for establishing the FREL and BUR. Part of explanation would include what definition used, under what assumption, the area coverage, kind of activity included, approach and methodology selected, and results.

The session also seeks for suggestions and idea of improvement, if any, in order to get better information for the implementation of transparency, accuracy, consistency, compatibility and completeness (TACCC) concepts in generating the BUR. This includes share of information with other countries or parties in establishing the country FREL.

Time: 30 November 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Contact person on-site: Belinda A Margono (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for additional information.


The session is organized through a series of presentation, guided by moderator and followed by open discussion.

Schedule Topic Speaker
15.00 – 15.15 Introduction
  • National Circumstances
  • Role of BUR and FREL for Indonesia’s MRV
Dr. Nur Masripatin/Dr. Kirsfianti L Ginoga
15.15 – 15.45 Biennial Update Report (BUR), including:
  • BUR Relevance
  • Definition, assumption, data, sector coverages, approach, method and results
Ir. Dida Mighfar MSi
15.45 – 16.25 Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL), including:
  • NFMS Indonesia and NFI
  • FREL relevance
  • Definition, assumption, data, coverage, activity, approach, methodology and results
  • FREL for implementation
Dr. Ir. Belinda A Margono, MSc
16.25 – 17.00 Q/A (Question/Answer), discussion, and concluding remarks Moderator:Prof. Dr. Rizaldi Boer

Moderator profile

Prof Rizaldi Boer is the executive director of the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Since 1987, he has also been a senior lecturer in the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science at the university. Prof Boer has been involved in many national and international climate research programs related to adaptation and mitigation and has led a number of national and/or regional projects on climate variability and climate change. He has extensive experience of working on consultancy projects with international organizations and is currently assigned by the World Meteorological Organization as chair of the Regional Association V Working Group on Agricultural Meteorology and assigned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a lead reviewer of greenhouse-gas inventories of Annex 1 countries. He is frequently invited as a speaker on climate variability and climate change and as an instructor in a number of training activities related to climate. He has supervised more than 30 postgraduate students (Master and PhD) and more than 50 undergraduate students.

Speakers Profile

Dr. Nur Masripatin is the Director General of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia. She has been engaged in climate change negotiations for many years and has been the Lead Negotiator for REDD+ and LULUCF issues for Indonesia in UNFCCC meetings for the past few years. She is currently also the National Focal Point of Indonesia to UNFCCC. At the regional level, she has been a Coordinator of ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest and Climate Change (ARKN-FCC). Before taking up the current assignment she has been actively involved in numerous works related to REDD+ and Climate Change, and held multiple leadership roles, including as a deputy within the REDD+ Agency of Indonesia and director for research and development centre. In the past she was well-acknowledged as one of the key actors in the early establishment of REDD+ in the country at national level, as well as in the continuous process of negotiation for REDD+ at international level. She was also the Lead Author of Indonesia REDD+ Readiness Strategy and the FCPF –REDD+ Readiness Plan.

Dr. Kirsfianti L. Ginoga is a Director of Green House Gases Inventory and Monitoring, Reporting and Verification. She obtained her bachelor degree on Agricultural Business Science from Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), and Magister and Doctoral degree on Natural Resources Management from University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Ginoga has a long experience as a scientists on the field of social forestry, environmental studies and climate change. She was a Coordinator of Australian Center for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) on Economic Potential of Carbon Sequestration, and International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Coordinator on Demonstration Activity on REDD+ in Meru Betiri East Java before appointed as a director of Center for Research and Development on Climate Change and Policies of Ministry of Forestry. She has published a lot of books and peer reviewed national and international Journal.

Mr. Dida Migfar Ridha is Head of Sub Directorate for GHG Inventory for Non Land-based Sector at Ministry of Environment and Forestry. He obtained a BA in Forestry and M.Ec.Sc from Bogor Agricultural University. He has been involved in GHG inventory issues since 2010 as he appointed as Head of Division for GHG Inventory at Ministry of Environment and lead establishment of the Center of National GHG Inventory System (SIGN) and the development of SIGN-SMART application. Mr. Ridha also involved in various national policies development on climate change and international negotiation process under the UNFCCC.

Dr. Belinda A Margono is Deputy Director for MRV and Registry for land-based sectors at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia. Besides, she is a geospatial scientist, specializes in mapping land use and land cover dynamic. She was a technical NFI staffs, and experienced in developing Indonesia's NFMS, from when the system was developed in 2000 and later adjusted to match the complex recent needs. Belinda holds her Bachelor degree in Forestry (Gadjah Mada University-UGM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia), and Master of Science degree in Land Resource and Urban Science (Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands). She earns her PhD in Geographical Science (University of Maryland, USA), and member of Global Land Analysis Discovery (GLAD). Her research, entitled “Advancing Indonesian forest resource monitoring using multi-source remotely sensed imagery“, aims to advance national scale forest monitoring in Indonesia, including the quantification of forest disturbance dynamics across space and time with outputs appropriate for sustainable forest management and carbon accounting objectives. She highlights her work for supporting the good governance in Indonesia. Belinda is a technical coordinator and author for Indonesia’s Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL), as well as a technical supporter for Indonesia’s One-Map Movement.