COP21, Jokowi to Establish Peatland Restoration Agency

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  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo delivers a speech during the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. Some 150 world leaders kicking off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks near Paris, with organizers hoping the unprecedented high-level appearances will turbocharge the chances of reaching an ambitious deal to cut emissions that are warming the planet. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo delivers a speech during the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. Some 150 world leaders kicking off two weeks of high-stakes climate talks near Paris, with organizers hoping the unprecedented high-level appearances will turbocharge the chances of reaching an ambitious deal to cut emissions that are warming the planet. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

    TEMPO.CO, Paris-President Joko Widodo said he will establish Peatland Restoration Agency to restore peatlands that were damaged by forest fires. He said the draft regulation has finished. “I only have to sign it. It will be ready next week,” said Jokowi on Monday.

    The agency will have several functions, which are regulating use of peatland and evaluating issued forest usage rights.

    Jokowi will also engage indigenous people to take care of forests. “They are the ones who know the exact condition,” said Jokowi.

    Indonesia is presently attending the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). Indonesian delegation consists of 450 people which include the government, institutions, private companies and media.

    In his national statement during the opening of COP21, President Joko Widodo stated that Indonesia is able to reduce emission by 29 percent in 2030 or even 41 percent if Indonesia receives international aid.

    According to Jokowi, emission reduction can be achieved by shifting subsidies from fuel to productive sectors and increasing the use of renewable energy up to 23 percent of national energy consumption in 2025.

    In forest and land governance, Jokowi will implement one map policy which is imposing moratorium and reviewing permits to use peatlands and sustainable forest.

    AMRI MAHBUB (PARIS)