Innovating Climate Solutions: A Brief Recap of the Carbon Digital Conference in Bali

Nov 13, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of climate action, the fusion of advanced technology with environmental initiatives takes center stage. It’s against this backdrop that the Indonesia Carbon Trade Association (IDCTA), in collaboration with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), orchestrated the Carbon Digital Conference 2023. Hosted at the luxurious Apurva Kempinski Hotel in Bali on November 8 and 9, 2023, the conference served as a nexus for government representatives, private sectors, and key stakeholders including investors, project developers, and technology providers.

The Governors’ Climate and Forestas Task Force country coordinator to Indonesia, Syahrina D. Anggraini, participated as speaker in a compelling panel on Day 1, titled “The Role of REDD+ Project-Based, Nesting, Jurisdictional Approaches, and How Technology Can Intervene.” Sharing the stage with luminaries such as Mr. Joshua Thaisen from Verra, Mr. Jim Procanik from Clearwind, Ms. Madhura Mitra from PwC India, and Dr. Kaviraj Singh from Earthood, the discussion centered around experiences in developing REDD+ activities at both project and subnational levels. The panel delved into challenges encountered and explored innovative ideas on how technology can play a pivotal role in overcoming these obstacles.

“Nesting makes the integration of different projects into a broader jurisdictional REDD+ program more precise. With sufficient data and information, subnational governments can improve their carbon accounting and estimated emissions – and get paid for that. The GCF Task Force strengthen subnational capacity by a series of trainings, as the remote sensing workshop at UCLA earlier this year” Syahrina D. Anggraini, GCF Task Force’s Indonesia Country Coordinator

Panel speakers in CDC 2023, in Bali. Credit: GCF Taskforce in Indonesia

The conference, spanning two dynamic days, predominantly covered the energy and forestry sectors, with a keen focus on Carbon Capture and Utilization/Storage (CCU/CCUS) and REDD+. Notably, the GCF Task Force’s Indonesia Country Coordinator shared insights into the experience of East Kalimantan in developing the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) REDD+ Results-Based Payments (RBP) program. Emphasizing their ability to accommodate single projects within their jurisdiction, the coordinator highlighted the importance of robust data and information in shaping effective climate initiatives. “Subnational government may not become project developers by themselves, but it is still important for them to understand development of REDD+ activities in carbon market scheme and possess sufficient capacity to support project developers in their area.”, says Syahrina. The GCF Task Force continue to facilitate provinces in improving their capacity, both in understanding carbon trading and in spatial data analysis.

For more information on the agenda and participating organizations on the Conference, please visit For pioneer lessons on REDD+ nesting, check out our report with our partners Forest Trends and Climate Focus:

As we reflect on the conference’s outcomes, it’s evident that the marriage of legal policy, technological innovation, and global collaboration is imperative for forging a sustainable future. Stay connected with the GCF Task Force as we continue to champion initiatives in those topics, driving positive change on the front lines of climate action.