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Cancun, a stepping stone to a new treaty

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 28 2010   /  01:07 pm

Before heading to Mexico for climate talks, Indonesia has said nothing about ambitions for a new treaty to restrain emissions, saying instead that the Cancun conference would serve as a stepping stone to seal a binding deal a year later.Indonesia’s chief climate envoy to the talks, Rachmat Witoelar, made a pledge that the country’s delegation to the two-week conference in the Mexican resort city, which begins Monday, will bring home results that would benefit national interests.“If I can bet, [at least] there will be a decision on REDD,” he told a press conference about Indonesia’s Cancun agenda.REDD, which stands for re-ducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, is an alternative plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions from forestry, which contributes some 20 percent of global emissions.“If Cancun is still unable to resolve all issues on REDD, we at least expe...