InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -In the afternoon in the midst of July 2017, some regents, donour, central government officers, and the other stakeholders gathered in Pullman Hotel, Jakarta to discuss the environment and development issues within the low carbon concept.
In the meeting, the representatives of provincial governments as the members of GCF Indonesia were Aceh, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Papua and Papua Barat.
They formulated some points of the sub-national governmental concern to the forest and climate change in a platform that is called Balikpapan Challenge.
Balikpapan Challenge is the new initiative of the Sub National Government in provincial and state levels that join the government, company, the civil, smallholders, and indigenous people by committing to reduce deforestation and fight for climate change.
Governor of East Kalimantan, Awang Faroek Ishak, as the host of GCF together with Institute Penelitian Inovasi Bumi (INOBU), as the GCF Indonesia Secretariat launched a Balikpapan Challenge Platform in the Annual GCF Meeting in Balikpapan on 25 – 29 September 2017, East Kalimantan.
GCF Forum would make the annual meeting that the 35 governors as the members of GCF from 8 countries (states) would attend.
Vice Governor of Papua Barat, Mohammad Lakotani said, his side welcomes the meeting because it would have solution to protect the environment consistently.
But he admitted, the developmentt should run. Papua Barat still welcomes the investors. “The environment should remain good because Papua Barat has been decided as the conservation province though the province still welcomes the investors to invest,” he recently said in Jakarta.
Head of Environment Agency, East Kalimantan Province, Rizal Indra Riadi said, the East Kalimantan has decided some programs, such as, launching Kaltim Green. It is a support that one man should plant 5 trees (1 man, 5 trees). “Since 2011 until now, there have been 36 million trees planted but the numbers are not added by the forestation that the mining, forestry, and plantation sectors do.
Rizal also said, the province has revoked the licenses having problems. For example, in mining sector, 4004 Mining Licenses; in forestry sector, 800 Forestry License have been revoked. The revocation, Rizal claimed, has saved 2,5 million hectares. “It really influenced the carbon emission reduction in East Kalimantan,” he said in Jakarta.(T2)
For more detail, please read InfoSAWIT August 2017