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LIPI calls for 'more comprehensive' policy on climate change

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 29, 2019   /  02:14 pm
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Farmers harvest rice from a flooded farm in Demak, Central Java. About 200 hectares of rice fields in the regency is threatened with harvest failure due to flooding from land subsidence. (Antara/Aji Styawan)

The government needs to establish climate change adaptation laws to address environmental issues such as land subsidence and sea level rise, the nation's leading scientific body has said. Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) researcher Laely Nurhidayah said that the prevailing law did not “comprehensively” address the climate issue, and that the government should consider the implication on social justice and human rights. “The government needs to establish a new policy to cope with environmental as well as human rights issues, because climate change has significantly impacted local communities in coastal areas, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on coastal resources,” Laely said on Thursday during a discussion at LIPI headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta. LIPI's research shows that land subsi...