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Published on 29 July 2015
The mangroves, which store prodigious quantities of carbon, are currently disappearing fast − often destroyed to make room for aquaculture to satisfy the wants of lucrative foreign markets. But a team from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and colleagues report in the journal Nature Climate Change that protecting the mangroves could take Indonesia a quarter of the way to achieving the whole…
Published on 10 July 2015
Launched in Jakarta by H.E. Dr. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia - the study provides a valuation of the multiple benefits provided by forests in Indonesia. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said, "In addition to their ecological, cultural and spiritual value, forests play a critical role in sustaining national economies…
Published on 26 June 2015
While the amount is small, the move is not an insignificant one. The ICCTF, one of the few national trust funds of its kind, pools and manages funds from different sources to finance Indonesian climate change programs and policies. While the ICCTF could serve as a model for other developing countries looking to secure international support for their climate change programs, its actual progress…
Published on 26 June 2015
“Indonesia has a key role in future discussions, as a country that is geographically unique with a number of islands, climate regimes, and ocean conditions,” Stocker said on Tuesday. The comments come as anticipation grows ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Paris this November. Nations that signed the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change…
Published on 23 June 2015
“El Niño may get stronger as the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere climbs,” Cobb said. Scientific data shows that the level of CO² concentration in our atmosphere has been soaring for the past 10 years to an unprecedented 400 parts per million. As in previous years, this year we are on the verge of experiencing El Niño. The US National Oceanic and…
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 Indonesia
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 Indonesia
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…
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