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Jakarta Post

RI committed to realizing post-Kyoto Protocol climate deal

  • Kerri Pandjaitan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 23 2011   /  07:00 am

As the Kyoto Protocol expires this 2012, nations are rushing to prepare its successor.

Indonesia, the world’s second largest forest nation and a major player within the developing nations’ faction, holds a leading role in negotiations, officials and environmentalists here say.

National Council for Climate Change (DPNI) chairman Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia is totally committed to Kyoto’s successor, whatever it may be.

“Climate change is everyone’s concern. To save the earth, we have to save its people — not to rely on a high-cost mitigation program, but to provide help to the public for understanding and eventually adapting,” he said.

The introduction of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and Enhancing carbon stocks (REDD+) initiative saw the most defining element in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol’s su...