ICCC Information for Media
Jakarta, June 20, 2014 – The Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC) continues to prioritize the importance of science in the drafting of a development policy. This greatly affects the credibility of Indonesia in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through its own efforts by 26% by 2020.
In response to the challenges of achieving this policy, ICCC has conducted strategic policy research through several activities which include: (1) Low-emission development strategy in the electricity and transport sectors; (2) The management and mapping of peatland; (3) Dealing with peat fires; and (4) The development of climate change knowledge management.
The coming new government of Indonesia, which will be elected after the Presidential election on July 9 this year, is expected to be more focus in dealing with rehabilitation of degraded forest and peatland considering the huge potential that forests and especially peatland have in storing carbon emissions. Appropriate handling can accelerate efforts to achieve Indonesia’s target in reducing carbon emissions to 26% by 2020.
One of recommended efforts is spatial planning policy, which currently is uncoordinated given many institutions and authorities involve.
‘’This has to be a priority (of the new government),’’ said Agus Purnomo, the Head Secretariat of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) and Special Advisor to the President on Climate Change in ICCC Coffee Morning on Climate Change discussion on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the DNPI office Jakarta.
The Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC) through Peatland and Peatland Mapping Cluster, in coordination with peat scientists, universities, and related institutions start a study titled “Sustainable Peatland Management Across Sectors”. The result of this study will give a recommendation in sustainable peatland management across sectors including forestry, plantation, and agriculture.
Peat is a very delicate ecosystem; therefore we should be careful in implementing sustainable peatland management across sectors. If the management is not done properly, the peat will not be sustainable. Peatland management has environmental risks, because peat is easily degraded. There are various activities on peatland management, such as land cultivation and build canals for irrigation, can increase greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Peatland degradation occurs when the peatland management is not done properly; as a result, increasing rate of decomposition.