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Indonesia boosts village participation to address climate change

Published on 23 July 2014 Indonesia

JAKARTA, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's environment ministry enhanced the capability of people assigned to verify villages assessed of capable to autonomously conducting climate change mitigation moves under the ministry's Climate Village Program (Proklim).

The Proklim program is aimed at supporting the government to comply with greenhouse effect reduction target, initially set at 0. 767 Giga tons of Carbon Dioxide.

It is a program to recognize active participation of local communities in implementing actions of integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation, which contributes to the achievement of national greenhouse gas reduction target and increases the community resilience to the climate change impact.

The capability enhancement was conducted through a national training session held in East Java capital of Surabaya from July 16 to 18, attended by the ministry's officials in charge of supervising the efforts from 18 provinces across the country.

"Involvement of institutions tasked to manage the environment in regencies, municipals and provinces was very essential to support the Proklim. The ongoing event is part of the ministry's program in developing the capacities in the regions," Arif Yuwono, deputy minister for environment damage control and climate change affairs said in his remarks to open the event on Thursday afternoon.

The Proklim was a particular program under the coordination of the ministry, originally established to award the public's active and integrated participation in addressing climate change. Its implementation involves formal and informal organizations in the community.

The ministry has registered a total of 414 villages taking part in Proklim since 2012 until now. It had awarded seven and four villages in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

During the capability enhancement event, the Proklim personnel received training to enhance the verification process in proposing villages eligible to take part in Proklim.

They consisted of people assessed to have sufficient capabilities in carrying out their tasks, among others in comparing information and actual conditions in the villages and are endorsed by the environment ministry.

Indonesia is a front runner in global environment preservation efforts. It has pledged to reduce carbon emission by 26 percent with its own efforts and 41 percent with foreign assistance by 2020.

Source: Xinhua News Agency | 17 July 2014