Thursday, 10 September 2009

RI doing little to reduce carbon gas emission : Greenpeace

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Southeast Asia Greenpeace is of the opinion that Indonesia government efforts to reduce carbon gas emission are still insignificant.

"The efforts of the Indonesian government to reduce the impact of climate change are not significant," Southeast Asian Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Bustar Maitar told ANTARA News here on Thursday.

Bustar explained that some of the Indonesian government`s policies contradicted its commitment to minimize the impact of climate change.

The government policies concerned were among others permits to open more access for tree felling and peat land exploitation for oil palm plantations as well as paper and pulp industries.

He pointed out that Forestry Minister MS Kaban had ever issued Annual Action Plan (RKT), permitted 14 companies in Riau to cut more than 100,000 hectares of forest for the interest of paper and pulp industries.

"In reality, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ever made a commitment at G-8 meeting in Japan that Indonesia would reduce green house gas emission by 50 percent in 2009 and 75 percent in 2012," Bustar said.

But he added that up to the present Yudhoyono`s commitment was not realized.
Therefore, Bustar said Greenpeace would ask the Indonesian government to keep its commitment to reducing the impact of climate change by halting forest cutting activity and halting permission to open peat land for oil palm plantations.

He said the Indonesian government was also asked to promote carbon markets which were focused on clean technology development that could be renewed in key industrial sectors.

Bustar added that according to Greenpeace, the negative impact of climate change such as the rise of sea level, drought, flood, harvest failure had occurred in Indonesia.

To make Greenpeace program of forest conservation in Indonesia a success, the Greenpeace office in Jakarta has been training six youths across the country for three months in a bid to enable them to become effective environmentally-related campaigners.(*)