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East Kalimantan Prepares To Tackle Climate Change

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Jakarta (Greeners) – A recent report on climate change revealed that East Kalimantan as one of the largest carbon emitter as the province has been depending on oil, gas and coal for its economic development since 1970s, said an official in Jakarta, on Thursday (29/3).

Daddy Ruhiyat, chair of East Kalimantan Climate Change Council, said that the province ranked fifth in the national emission report, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), with the largest contribution from forest deforestation and degradation. Currently, deforestation rate in the province gas reached 98,000 hectares per year and contributes to 77 percent out of the total emission.

“If deforestation can be prevented then it’s not only to reduce emission but also improve environmental quality in East Kalimantan. We are determined to improve our plants, which have been poorly managed,” said Ruhiyat.

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Furthermore, he said that there were already policies and program in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including Green East Kalimantan Declaration, Green Growth Compact Declaration which had led to the establishment of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund East Kalimantan 2019 -2024, and governor regulations on emissions issued in 2011 and 2014.

“Program to reduce emission, nationally, had already been included in regional action plan for greenhouse gas emissions, from agriculture, forestry, plantation, industry and waste sectors. So, it covers all but what the Council deals only land sector,” he said.

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Emission reduction in land sectors comprises of critical lands rehabilitation, ex-mining reclamation, high value conservation areas, waste management and reducing industrial solid waste to 20 percent.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih

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