Senior Advisor to the Minister
Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia
Ms. Laksmi Dhewanthi is a government official with at least 26 years of experience in thefield of environment and sustainable development. She is currently working in the Ministry ofEnvironment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia as Senior Advisor on Industry andInternational Trade.
Prior to her current position, she has been assigned for various tasks, including Director forPerformance Assessment of Hazardous Waste Management and Assistant Deputy Ministerfor Environmental Data and Information and for Environmental Economic in which herresponsibilities include development of State of the Environment Report (SOER) andEnvironmental Quality Index, establishment a national system for environmental data andinformation, development and implementation of various economic instruments forenvironmental protection and management, i.e. environmental financing program, fiscal andfinancial incentives schemes and natural resources accounting.
She received a Master degree on Environment and Development Policy at the SussexUniversity, UK. At the international fora, since 2003, she has been involving inenvironmental-related trade and climate change negotiation as well as in sustainabledevelopment related talks. In the period of 2013 - 2014, she represented Asian Region as amember of CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Executive Board of UNFCCC andcurrently serving as the President of Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumptionand Production (APRSCP). She is also the Global Environmental Facility Operational FocalPoint (GEF-OFP) for Indonesia.
“Tapping into government grants and incentive for developing Sustainable Consumption andProduction (SCP) like other environmental or sustainable development program is indeed achallenge. To be able to tap government grants and incentives for the SCP projects, the direction ofthe development of the SCP program must be in line with the Government's development plancontained in the medium term development plan (RPJMN 2014-2019) and long term (RPJP 2005-2025), which is characterized by pro-growth, pro-job, pro-poor, and pro -environment.
Sustainable consumption and production will play significant role in achieving the targets ofsustainable development. In most cases, SCP, Climate Change, green economy, green growth sharesame actions/activities, it is then necessary to develop SCP projects which may have multiplebenefits for various sectors of development. For Instance, as tackling climate change issues hasbecome one of priority in the National Development Plan. The Indonesian government declared itscommitment to tackling climate change, among others through a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions target with self-financing or up to 41% with international funding support by 2020,and it will further reduce up to 29% by 2030. Total funding activities to support GHG emissionreduction by 26% in 2020, indicative of Rp.314 trillion per year or Rp.1.570 trillion during 2015-2019.Amongst funding strategy are 1) to mobilize international funds, and 2) to optimize domestic funds (leveraging funds). Various initiatives have taken place in a form of “green finance” initiatives,including a ‘fast-start grant’.”