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A lone tree stands out amongst a patch of burnt land, in the haze hit Bangko Pusako district in Rokan Hilir, on Indonesia's Riau province, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/BEAWIHARTA

Indonesia promised on Thursday to curb its rising greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but a lack of detail made it hard to judge the magnitude of Jakarta's plan or how much it would help a U.N. push to combat climate change.

Indonesia, among the world's top 10 emitters of greenhouse gases, called the plan a "fair share" for a developing nation.

Read more: Indonesia to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions; details thin

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Environmental activists have demanded the government revise a draft document on the country's emissions targets before submitting it for a UN climate conference in Paris.

Read more: Indonesia's emissions targets lack transparency

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Cracked earth and dried rivers have become a common sight in Indonesia in recent months, following a prolonged period of low rainfall. Water shortages have even forced many farmers to leave their fields and cattle are going underfed.

The situation has been exacerbated by low water levels in many dams. The drought has hit farmers hard, but there is plenty we can do. We have to adapt. The first thing we need to do is understand the causes we are dealing with. Drought is just the result.

Read more: How can agriculture adapt to continued drought?

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