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Govt, council squabble over foreign assistance

  • Adianto Simamora

    ThE JaKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 15 2009   /  02:21 pm

The government and the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) are at odds over how to use foreign aid to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) said Wednesday the board and the finance ministry would establish a new climate change trust fund to pool money from donor countries. "The trust fund will be separate from the council (DNPI), because their concern is with making policy," Bappenas director of forestry and water resource conservation Basah Hernowo told The Jakarta Post after an inter-departmental meeting. DNPI Executive Chairman Rachmat Witoelar however contradicted Basah's statement, saying all funding for climate change management would fall under council control. "As a national council, we will manage all activities related to climate change, including spending the donor money," said Rachmat, also State Minister...