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Jakarta Post

RI must fight forest fires to meet emissions target

  • Kerri Pandjaitan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 15 2011   /  10:16 am

High carbon emission rates have made Indonesia the third-worst contributor after the US and China, respectively.

Indonesian National Council on Climate Change (DPNI) chairman Rachmat Witoelar disagrees, arguing that Indonesia’s position is highly dependant on emissions created by forest fires.

The 1997-1998 and 2006 forest fires were why the international community rated Indonesia the world’s third-worst polluter, the former environment minister said.

Indonesia committed to a reduction target at the October 2009 G20 summit, when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged to reduce carbon emissions 26 percent by 2020. This figure could reach 41 percent with the help of international aid.

The decision was well received, as Indonesia was the first developing country to declare an emissions reduction.

As one of the larger developing nations, Indones...