Indonesian Groups Meet for Study and Strategy Meeting on Climate
The meeting sought to exchange ideas and information on developments on the climate issue, discuss the situation and initiatives in the country as well as develop strategies to strengthen the campaign on climate.
JSAPMDD conducted a Study and Strategy Meeting on Climate for Indonesian groups on November 17 to 18 at Puri Dalem Hotel, Bali, Indonesia. The meeting, which was attended by 21 participants from various organizations in Indonesia, sought to exchange ideas and information on developments on the climate issue, discuss the situation and initiatives in the country as well as develop strategies to strengthen the campaign on climate.
Teguh Surya of WALHI-Friends of the Earth provided an overview of developments on the climate change issue in Indonesia. He discussed the impacts of the climate change which include sinking islands, failure of crop harvest and pest attacks.
Mida Saragih talked about the Coral Triangle Initiative while Fabby Tumiwa discussed the ASEAN's position on climate change.
Fabby gave a run-down of ASEAN declarations and statements on climate change as well as ASEAN initiatives on climate issues. He said that the ASEAN already has a strong and coherent framework on climate change and a coordination mechanism. However, he noted that there is a lack or slow implementation of the framework, poor consultation with civil society that contradicts with pronouncements of a people-centered ASEAN, and lack of transparency in the results and impacts of actions taken by ASEAN collectively. He also pointed out that ASEAN has no coherent coordination, strategy and position in the UNFCCC negotiations.
JSAPMDD Regional Coordinator Lidy Nacpil provided an overview of the status and developments in regional and global climate issue and campaigning efforts. She also talked about the state of play and the two-track process of the climate negotiations in the UNFCCC. Discussing the trends and developments, she said that current efforts by developed nations are aimed at undermining climate convention principles towards abolishing the important positive elements of the Convention such as historical responsibility, common but differentiated responsibilities and the obligations of Annex 1 countries towards developing countries. She pointed out that these efforts include "killing" the Kyoto Protocol and the architecture of "top down" targets and agreements and replacing it with agreements based on voluntary pledges from each country or the "bottom up" approach.
Sri Ranti of WALHI provided a presentation on climate finance in Indonesia. She underscored that climate funds that are sourced from foreign loans and the promotion of a market-based approach in climate disaster management are new ways of foreign capital expansion in Indonesia. These new policies are used to speed up the implementation of the liberalization agenda, such as energy subsidy removal to create a more friendly investment climate for investors. She said all these lead to investors benefiting while people continue to suffer.
After Sri Ranti's presentation, the participants decided to end the study and strategy meeting due to the detention of the members of JSAPMDD Secretariat and an officer of the Freedom from Debt Coalition who were held up for questioning by the police for participating in the mobilization against the ASEAN and the U.S. held in the morning of November 18. The group decided to continue the discussions and planning during their future activities.