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Tropical Indonesia eyes Arctic Council

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  01:18 am

Having felt the impact of the sea-level rise and coastal inundation associated with climate change, Indonesia now wants to become an observer at the Arctic Council.Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is an intergovernmental organization that promotes cooperation between Arctic countries in the resource-rich region and has been trying to balance the challenge of climate change with the economic opportunities of a warming Arctic, such as new shipping routes and the exploration of untapped oil and gas reserves.The council is made up of eight Arctic nations: Iceland, Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Observer status, however, is open to non-Arctic states approved by the council at its ministerial-level meeting held every two years. The last ministerial meeting was held in Oslo from May 6 to 7.“By becoming a permanent observer, we can learn about cl...