JAKARTA -- Nobel laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore arrived in Jakarta on Sunday for a three-day visit and gave a 10-minute lecture before 300 training participants at the Jakarta Convention Center.

His schedule also includes meetings with several Indonesian ministers, and perhaps President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Gore would address practical solutions that could be implemented at the grassroots level to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Indonesian business people and members of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) are also slated to participate in discussions on the hazards of climate change.

Read more: Al Gore delivers lecture on climate change in Jakarta



Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Climate change is now no longer a potenial threat to Indonesia`s food production but a phenomenon that has already begun to affect it. 

This fact is being reflected in how serious the government views the reality. Two presidential instructions are to be issued at the end of this month on measures to safeguard food resilience in Indonesia due to extreme climate change, as Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has said.

"We expect it in January, and in fact we`ve set the target on the third or the fourth week according to the schedule. We`ll mull them with all (the economic ministers) tomorrow," said Minister Rajasa at his office in Jakarta, last Thursday.

Rajasa explained that the aim of the presidential instructions (Inpres) among other is to provide flexibility for the agricultural minister in responding to the extreme climate change that have brought about changes on planting seasons, pest attacks or climate-related destruction of agricultural land.

Read more: Climate change begins changing food production pattern in Indonesia



Jakarta, Indonesia - The Environment Ministry will emphasize adaptation in reducing the impacts of climate change as this measure had often been overlooked while the impacts were already a reality, its chief said.

"We have often been prioritizing mitigation while overlooking adaptation although the impacts of climate change are already happening," Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said in an expose of his ministry's work plan for 2011 at the office of the Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare in Jakarta on Tuesday.

In general the work plan for 2011, he added, related to the major program of reducing green house effects by up to 26 percent until 2020, and the implementation of adaptation activities.

Read more: Gov't to emphasize adaptation in dealing with climate change


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