Indonesia’s next government for the 2014-2019 should consolidate the authority for spatial planning in order to facilitate land dispute settlement, accelerate the implementation of agrarian reform, land rehabilitation, open opportunity of financing for environmental preservation, also climate change mitigation and adaptation. Agus Purnomo, President’s Special Advisor on Climate Change, conveyed at Dialogue “Science Talks Indonesia’s Future and Its Governance”. The dialogue was organized by Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC), 14 August 2014.
“In addition, the consolidation will accelerate the permit process and help reduce cost of land for geothermal power plants, expansion of the airports and ports, electrical grid, railways and highways,” Agus explained.
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.