The funding decision on the “Sustainable Use of Peatland and Haze Mitigation in ASEAN (SUPA)” Programme was taken by the European Commission in December 2015 and the Financing Agreement is about to be signed soon by ASEAN and EU (EUR 24 M programme, EUR 20M from EU and EUR 4M from Germany). The implementation is expected to start by mid-2016 both in Indonesia and in other member states.
Indonesia has recently made a significant commitment in restoring two million hectares of peatland by 2020. After a strong political commitment made at the COP-21, President Joko Widodo subsequently created and mandated the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) to execute an ambitious peat restoration plan as stated in a Presidential Decree to help avoid the transboundary haze crisis that affected several AMS. In addition, the Indonesian President declared that a moratorium on any clearing, drainage and/or conversion of currently unopened peatland is necessary. It is expected BRG will have implemented a comprehensive and transparent monitoring system on the status of peatland restoration and protection, and enforcement of the moratorium.