Indonesian delegates at the Bangkok climate conference insisted that ocean dimensions as promoted in the Manado Ocean Declaration remain in the negotiation text of a new climate pact in dealing with climate change.
They said that in the latest draft of the negotiation document, prepared by the Chair of Climate Change Talks and UNFCCC Secretariat, 25 paragraphs related to oceans were still intact.
The ocean dimensions cover 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.
“Along with other signatories of the Manado Ocean Declaration (MOD), Indonesia will strive to retain the inclusion of the oceans dimensions into elements of the outcomes of COP-15 Copenhagen, as it has been the case,” Subandono Diposaptono, Director of Coastal and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries who is also a member of Indonesia Delegation in the UNFCCC meeting in Bangkok said in his e-mail to The Jakarta Post.
He did not elaborate on when negotiation on the ocean issues would be held.
A group of activists dealing with maritime and fisheries issues, the People’s Coalition for Equal Fisheries (Kiara) said on Monday that Indonesian delegates might fail to discuss ocean issues at climate change conference in Bangkok, as there are no signs on the agenda to discuss the MOD.
Subandono said that Indonesian delegates would ensure full implementation of the Bali Action Plan, including that oceans dimension and ecosystem-based management in coastal areas stay intact and embodied in the negotiation texts on the Long-term Cooperation Actions (LCA).
Under Indonesian leadership at the 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.
The UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said in the opening of Bangkok meeting that the real challenges on climate change are in small islands and low-lying coastal countries.
Article by: Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Wed, 09/30/2009 5:44 PM | National