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Indonesia aims high with blue carbon potential

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 11 2017   /  12:21 am

The vast potential of marine resources that are able to absorb carbon could make Indonesia a leader in the global effort to use “blue carbon” in reducing emissions, according to the government’s climate change experts.

Challenges remain, however, in optimally harnessing these resources — notably mangrove and seagrass — to support climate change mitigation efforts, the experts said at the 2017 World Blue Carbon Conference in Jakarta.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s special envoy on climate change, Rachmat Witoelar, said Indonesia had to solve at least three problems on blue carbon protection and restoration “together with the world.”

“First, we need to develop the science and push forward to reach consensus regarding the methodology and measurement of reducing carbon emissions that are accurate and accountable,” Rachmat said in his keynote sp...