Rich countries must maintain commitment to reducing emissions despite slow economy, says Indonesian officialmongabay.com
September 22, 2011
As reported by Tempo Interaktif, Boen Purnama, an official at the Ministry of Forestry, told workshop attendees that industrialized nations' efforts to reduce emissions have been slowed by the financial crisis. He urged rich countries to stick to their commitments.
"The obligation of [developed nations] to reduce energy consumption is important," he was quoted as saying.
Boen added that money from industrialized nations to help developing countries reduce their emissions has been slow to materialize.
He said that Indonesia would nonetheless work to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation under its REDD+ program. The vast majority of Indoensia's carbon emissions result from deforestation, degradation of carbon-rich peatlands, and conversion of forests to plantations. By some estimates Indonesia is the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter as a nation, although it trails China, the United States, and the E.U. (as a block) by a substantial margin.