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Jakarta Post

Climate change, environmental degradation may hamper Indonesia’s GDP growth

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 24, 2019   /  08:23 am
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Smoke billows from forest and land fires in Medang Kampai village near Dumai in Riau on Aug. 9.(Antara/Rony Muharrman)

As current food and land use systems have reportedly caused "hidden costs" almost as high as China's gross domestic product (GDP) globally, including in Indonesia, experts have urged policy-makers in the country to carry out a transformation to sustainability. A global report recently released by the Food and Land Use (FOLU) Coalition, titled Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use, estimates that the way the global communities consume and produce food as well as use land generates “hidden” environmental, health and poverty costs amounting to almost $12 trillion a year. If no action is taken, the figure is expected to rise to $16 trillion by 2050. In Indonesia, an economy heavily reliant on natural resources, climate change and natural resource degradation are likely to halve potential GDP ...