Posted by: Hendra Siry | 19 January, 2010

House Blasts Indonesia Climate Change Summit Results

Source: The Jakarta Globe – January 19, 2010

Adding to public criticism of the Indonesian delegation’s achievements at the December Climate Change summit in Copenhagen, the House of Representatives on Monday said it was not satisfied with the delegation’s report. The Copenhagen summit was deemed a failure by environmentalists, including Indonesian green groups, because its final outcome — the Copenhagen Accord — was not a binding agreement, nor was it ratified by all parties.

Members of the delegation have praised the country’s contribution to the accord, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s demands for a stronger commitment from all countries to reduce carbon emissions, significant funding from developed countries and the continuation of the Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) scheme. Satya W. Yudha, a Golkar lawmaker who is a member of House Commission VII overseeing environmental issues, said the Indonesian delegation should have consulted with the House before engaging in international negotiations because they could have important consequences.

“The government should not work alone in these kinds of issues, they need to cooperate with the legislature because we could help lobby the other countries’ parliaments, such as in Southeast Asia, to push developed countries to get deeper emission cuts,” Satya said. As a result, he added, there were no specific indicators to determine the negotiations as a failure or a success for Indonesian interests. “The legislature needs to be involved because we could use our networks in other developing countries so that we can push developed countries to really commit to set up emission targets,” Satya said.

The Commission invited a number of major Indonesia environmental groups, who had been critical of the outcome of the talks in Copenhagen, to the hearing to discuss the performance of the Indonesian delegation. The groups included the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Ahmad Farial Husein, deputy chair of the Commission from the United Development Party (PPP), said the House was unsatisfied with the delegation’s report because there was no specific breakdown on how emission cuts would be achieved. “We have set the target of a 26 percent cut in emissions but we have never been informed officially from the government how they will achieve that,” he said. Rachmat Witoelar, head of the Indonesian delegation to the Copenhagen meeting, blamed the failure on the host country, Denmark, and a grouping of countries known as ALBA, a Venezuelan-inspired club of five socialist Latin American nations.

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