Bangkok, Thailand, 29 September 2009 – The importance of oceans dimension was highlighted by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer in the opening of the UNFCCC Climate Talks in Bangkok from 28 September to 9 October 2009. He reminds the delegates, “Science tells us that the people of many more nations will be fighting for their survival in the not too distant future.” Mr. De Boer also added, “The real challenges on climate change are in small islands and low-lying coastal countries.”
The Government of Indonesia (GOI) led by its focal point on climate change: the National Council on Climate Change (DNPI) are to ensure the full implementation of the Bali Action Plan including the oceans dimension and ecosystem-based management in coastal areas stay intact and embodied to the negotiation texts on the Long-term Cooperation Actions (LCA).
Under Indonesian leadership at Bonn Climate Change Talks last June 2009, a joint submission on oceans and climate change of 13 countries: Indonesia; Colombia; Marshall Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor Leste; USA; Venezuela and Viet Nam has been reflected in the current negotiation texts.
“Along with other signatories of the Manado Ocean Declaration (MOD), Indonesia will strive to retain the inclusion of the oceans dimension into elements of the outcomes of COP-15 Copenhagen, as it has been the case,” says Dr. Subandono Diposaptono, Director of Coastal and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and as member of Indonesia Delegation today in UNFCCC meeting in Bangkok.
In the latest draft of the negotiation document, which prepared by the Chair of Climate Change Talks and UNFCCC Secretariat, 25 paragraphs related to oceans are still intact. This oceans dimension covers the issues of vulnerable coastal communities, subsistence fishermen, enhancing capacity building, the importance of marine and fisheries researches to support policy implementation and adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Despite the concerns that the deal cannot be sealed, GOI and the around 190 parties are all in the negotiations mood and optimist to continue these critical negotiations towards the COP-15 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For more information, please contact:
– Tri Tharyat, Chair Working Group of Post Kyoto – 2012, National Council on Climate Change
Cells. +62 813 190 288 99, e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Hendra Yusran Siry, Coastal Zone Management Specialist, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Cell. +62 812 914 3536, email@example.com
About National Council on Climate Change (DNPI)
In July 2008, The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued Decree #46/2008, establishing the Dewan Nasional Perubahan Iklim (DNPI) or National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).