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Jokowi’s deregulating can cripple Indonesia’s climate plan

  • Warief Djajanto Basorie

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 27, 2020   /  02:34 pm
Jokowi’s deregulating can cripple Indonesia’s climate plan Burned down: Smoldering peatland is pictured in Kampar, Riau province, on Sept. 17, 2019. Indonesia fought forest fires causing toxic haze across Southeast Asia with aircraft, artificial rain and even prayer. (AFP/Adek Berry)

After Joko “Jokowi” Widodo became president on Oct. 20, 2014, he swiftly consolidated Indonesia’s climate agenda with a series of assertive acts. Jokowi created the Environment and Forestry Ministry, which has a climate change director general. He maintained a special envoy on climate change. He announced at the Paris climate summit on Nov. 30, 2015, Indonesia’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by 29 percent by 2030 and 41 percent with international cooperation. In January 2016 he established the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) to revive 2.4 million hectares of Indonesia’s damaged peatland. Now in his second term, Jokowi’s climate drive seems to have slackened. The first sign of this is that he dissolved the office of the President’s special envoy on climate change. In his 2019 campaign, then presidential candidate Jokowi issued a 35-page v...

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