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Published on 13 May 2015
But Indonesia, like many fast-developing countries, is subject to widespread deforestation, releasing carbon pollution back into the atmosphere. Deforestation and land use change drives about 80% of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions, which according to some estimates makes it the world’s fifth biggest emitter. This year, Indonesia’s leaders have the opportunity to limit these emissions by protecting some of its vast forests under its national…
Published on 13 May 2015
CDKN’s chief executive Sam Bickersteth, however, thinks deforestation efforts in Indonesia have garnered a lot of attention already. His organization therefore is mostly focusing on other areas that have largely been untapped — including renewable energy and climate finance. Bickersteth sat with the Jakarta Globe last week during a brief visit to Jakarta to talk about these issues, including the upcoming United Nations’ climate…
Published on 13 April 2015
The Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS) will serve as the basis for the country’s measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) system for the land sector. MRV is required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya formally endorsed INCAS, at a recent public seminar in Jakarta. “We all realize that deforestation, degradation, and forest…
Published on 25 March 2015
Indonesia is experiencing deforestation rates of about 680,000 hectares per year and high rates of biodiversity loss, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation representative said. "It is impossible to win the battle against climate change without doubling our efforts to reduce deforestation in Indonesia," Mark Smulders said on the International Day of Forests. He said with Indonesia's forests cover half of the…
Published on 15 October 2014
For Indonesia, above all else it reaffirmed that countries with immense rainforests have a pivotal role to play in the fight against global warming. The conference announced a declaration on forests that vowed to halt global forest losses by 2030 and halve it by the end of the decade. Major companies, such as Cargill and Asia Pulp & Paper also signed the declaration. The proponents…
Published on 23 July 2014
President Yudhoyono made the announcement during a keynote address at the Pacific islands Development Forum (PIDF), which took place in Fiji. He said the money was important as it would help to face the challenge that climate change is creating across the globe. During the speech, he said it is a priority to help the maritime and fishery sectors in the Pacific and to join…
Published on 23 July 2014
A report, recently published in the Nature Climate Change magazine, revealed that the Indonesian archipelago lost almost twice the forest area (840,000 hectares) than Brazil (460,000 hectares) by 2012. Researcher Belinda Arunarwati Margono, one of the authors of the study, told Efe news agency that the biggest concern was the alarming rate of tree removal in primary forests, the untouched areas where many animals on…
Published on 23 July 2014
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…
Published on 15 July 2014
Researchers at the University of Maryland said the country lost 15 million acres of forest — a common source of lumber for developers — between 2000 and 2012. The study also found that the country’s recent rate of forest loss is twice as devastating as the government claimed. According to the conservation news journal Monga Bay, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the country’s 2011…
Published on 5 June 2014
Indonesia, like other developing countries, is worst hit by the impacts of climate change because its peoples livelihood heavily depends on natural resources, and therefore, the country has the utmost interest in preserving its forest and marine ecosystems, both of which play a major role as carbon sinks. In September 2009, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a commitment to reduce gas emissions by 26 percent…
Published on 5 June 2014
Some 30 episodes of global warming and cooling in the past 3 million years have triggered massive coral die-offs around the world, according to earlier studies. For example, during hot climates, coral reefs disappeared from the equator. The new study finds evidence for a coral reef survival zone during Earth's cold climate swings. When ice ages lowered sea level and sea surface temperatures, a "coral…
Published on 5 June 2014
In keeping with this commitment, the country has organized the World Ocean Business Forum (WOBF), maritime affairs and fisheries ministrys Director General of Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing, Saut P. Hutagalung, stated here on Wednesday while opening the forum. "It is expected that during the forum businessmen will strike business deals on marine resource management and fishery products that can help to improve the peoples…
Published on 5 June 2014
Officially opened by Indonesian Vice President Boediono, the conference in Manado, North Sulawesi, was attended by marine and coral reef experts from a number of countries, including Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Britain, and the United States. In his opening remark, Vice President Boediono said WCRC was expected to yield an agreement on sustainable coral reef management for peoples welfare. "All relevant parties in this…
Published on 21 May 2014
Head of the ministry’s research and development agency, Achmad Poernomo, said the symposium was held in order to find the right way forward on the matter. Achmad added that the government is in the middle of preparing legal documentation so it can produce policies on blue carbon. “We need to be able to produce rules and regulations that will make sure we gain maximum benefit…
Published on 16 May 2014
“We hope the forest will help surpress the negative impacts of global warming in Batam, reduce air pollution and tackle the ground water problem,” Bank Mandiri president director Budi G. Sadikin said, adding the project was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), after the launch of the forest on Thursday. President director of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, Elvyn G Masassya, said the forest could serve…
Published on 8 May 2014
We must accept the fact that Jakarta’s hydrological balance has degraded over past decades due to the city’s rapid urbanization being unsupported by adequate capacity in water infrastructure. Moreover, Jakarta has experienced uncontrolled urban land-use mismanagement, where many open, public, waterscape and green areas have been sacrificed to become commercial land plots. A higher amount of builtup areas with decreasing green areas will accelerate…
Published on 2 May 2014
Better access to clean water has improved lives Mimin's family and many households in Gunung Sari Village, West Java, now have better access to clean water with support from the World Bank’s Water Supply and Sanitation for Low-Income Communities project, which was jointly managed by the Water and Sanitation Program. Under the project, the village received grants to distribute water from springs in the mountains…
Published on 2 May 2014
The exhibition, part of activities to commemorate of World Environment Day on June 5, will be held from May 29 until June 1 in Jakarta. Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said the ministry wanted to promote the protection of the coastal ecosystem to sound the alarm over the dangers of climate change. “The rising of earth’s temperature impacts sea levels. This will affect our coasts and…
Published on 17 March 2014
Srinivasan is one of a growing number of scientists, politicians and public figures around the world who are trying to draw attention the adverse effects of climate change on the environment. Both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary David King gave speeches in Jakarta recently in a bid to raise awareness. Indonesia, with the world’s second longest coastline, is considered the…
Published on 24 February 2014
He was speaking at the fourth Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC) Coffee Morning, themed “The UK Green Experience – Climate Change Act, Green Investment, Energy Reform” presented by Sir David King, the UK foreign secretary’s special representative for climate change. Rachmat said Indonesia could hopefully learn lessons from the UK’s experience in dealing with climate change impacts, such as the flooding currently affecting several regions…
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