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Published on 14 September 2015
These days, as national leaders struggle with economic downturn, migrants, the Islamic State (IS) movement, geopolitical tensions and other pressing issues, many find it hard to focus on climate change, let alone make national commitments to reduce emissions. There is a danger that collective action will give way to collective malaise, and the very short window of opportunity to control climate change will slip…
Published on 7 September 2015
The increased commitment by one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters will be officially submitted to the United Nations later this month ahead of a major climate change summit in December. "We have reached the decision to reduce [emissions] by 29 percent by 2030," environment and forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told reporters. The pledge goes beyond Indonesia's 2009 agreement to slash emissions…
Published on 7 September 2015
“We intend to increase the contribution and we will do so,” Rachmat Witoelar, President Joko Widodo’s special envoy for climate change, told Reuters. “But we have to figure out the timeline.” Indonesia is among the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters because of deforestation, peatland degradation and forest fires. Southeast Asia’s largest economy is under international pressure to curb deforestation and the destruction of carbon-rich…
Published on 25 August 2015
In hard-hitting remarks in Brussels, EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete warned that the window of opportunity for 195 countries to agree a deal aimed at limiting the rise in global temperatures "is closing fast" and called for speeding up technical negotiations. So far he said 56 countries representing 61 percent of global green-house gas emissions have handed in their reduction pledges…
Published on 18 August 2015
For President Tong and his people, every high tide now carries the potential for flooding. They know first hand that climate change is not just an environmental crisis — it’s also a human rights disaster. Yet as their neighbor, Indonesia is the biggest exporter of thermal coal (rivaled only by Australia). How can we continue to rely so much on coal at a…
Published on 18 August 2015
Asyani claimed she took the wood from her own land years ago, but because she lacked the requisite documentation, she faced potential jail time and a fine close to US$40,000, despite making only about a dollar a day. Asyani makes a living as a masseuse for babies in her village. Since she doesn’t make enough, her neighbors help her out by giving her food…
Published on 31 July 2015
“Indonesian policymakers should see protecting and sustainably managing mangroves as a potential solution for climate change mitigation,” says Daniel Murdiyarso, the study’s lead author and a principal scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). “But to make progress, it is crucial that mangroves are protected and managed sustainably.” Large areas of Indonesia’s mangroves have been cleared in recent decades, but there’s perhaps…
Published on 31 July 2015
This, according to Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), who wrote the foreword of the report, The Future of the Bornean Orangutan: Impacts of Change in Land Cover and Climate, released today. And the report’s lead author Dr. Serge Wich declared: “The current policies for land conversion on Borneo are simply unsustainable” not just for orangutans but for the…
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 Indonesia
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…
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