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Jakarta Post

Green program donors ignore all they have learned

  • Alan Oaxley

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 21 2011   /  11:26 am

There is a tussle among government agencies in Jakarta over how Indonesia’s move to a climate-friendly, low carbon economy is to be achieved. Environmentalists will tell you the best plan will be the one that greens Indonesia. Farmers, miners, oil palm workers and businesspeople will tell you it will be the plan that keeps Indonesia growing.It appears the government is considering a strategy which is likely to put reduction of emissions ahead of economic growth. This would be the consequence of the plan to restructure the economy of Central Kalimantan to a low carbon model. It was released by the government’s climate change office (DNPI) last year and is meant to be a pilot for reducing emissions from other provinces. The Central Kalimantan economy has been doing quite well, with growth closely tracking the national economy. It has the sixth-lowest poverty rate of the 33 provinces.&n...