Bali’s Action Plan on Climate Change

By: Luh Putu Kusuma Ririen (Balifokus)

The meeting of regional program and regulations implementation on climate change was held on October 31, 2012 at Environmental Agency of Bali Province office in Denpasar, Bali. Participants represented national and local government authorities, academic institutions, and local NGOs to discuss the implementation of provincial target program and regulations to cope with climate change.

The National Committee on Climate Change presented the evaluation of regional action plans followed by the implementation review of national action plan (RANPI/Rencana Aksi Nasional 2007) on adaptation and mitigation in Indonesia. The implementation review of national action plan as shown in the presentation addressed number of sectors that have been selected and contribute significantly greenhouse emission in Indonesia, such as energy, transportation, agriculture, forestry, waste, coastal resources and public health. At the other hand, the Ministry of Environment delivered some steps which have set and considered to be taken in the future to deal with climate change. In each sector, the measures selected have to reflect both the interest to mitigate greenhouse gasses and to sustain and further increase Indonesia’s economic growth.

The government of Bali Province released the draft of provincial action plan which is based on a set of integrated cross-sectoral planning and implementation programmes. The presentation of the action plan draft was delivered by the local academic (research) institution as one of the stakeholders and responded by the Ministry of Environment about the draft laxity on the absence of adaptation strategies. The largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to Bali Province is the agriculture sector as identified by the academic’s reasearchers. However, the Ministry of Environment has been set up the agriculture sector policy and several better practices with more efficient uses of resources that emit methane without decreasing the yield.

At the end of the meeting both of The National Committee of Climate Change and the Ministry of Environment suggested the local government focus their efforts on each sector and it is important to distinguish adaptation from mitigation in terms of climate change.

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