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Jakarta Post

RI told to use own budget for climate

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 28 2009   /  03:23 pm

Indonesia should review its strategies for financing programs to combat climate change and stop relying on foreign aid, with developed nations cutting their funding for global warming initiatives, experts warned Tuesday. Mahendra Siregar from the Adaptation Fund Board at the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) said Indonesia should now focus on mobilizing its own resources to address climate change, rather than depending heavily on foreign assistance. "The idea that Indonesia will finance its climate change programs on foreign money generated from the signing of the Kyoto protocol is a fantasy. No amount of foreign funding would be enough to deal with Indonesia's climate problems," he told a discussion on climate change financing schemes. The National Council for Climate Change is drafting financial strategies for the country's var...