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RI eligible for adaptation funds, says climate envoy

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 21 2010   /  10:32 am

Indonesia, home to the second-largest total length of coastline after Canada, should be eligible for climate adaptation funds because of its high vulnerability to rising sea levels, an official says.

The President’s special envoy on climate change, Rachmat Witoelar, said rising sea levels could be a major threat to Indonesia because more than 50 percent of the population lived on the country’s 95,185 kilometers of coastline.

“Indonesia is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change. We will fight to get the adaptation funds,” he told reporters.

Rachmat argued that Indonesia’s low income per capita and high rate of unemployment were factors that should strengthen Indonesia’s right to the funds.

Many Indonesians are employed in natural-resource based sectors, such as farming and fishing, which are prone to extreme weather changes caused by ...