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Regulating Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Harm

Regulating Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Harm

Lessons from the Indonesian Experience

Edited by Michael Faure and Andri Wibisana

This book deals with questions concerning the regulation of disasters, climate change and environmental harm in developing countries, focusing on the particular case of Indonesia and addressing regulatory problems from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Chapter 7: ‘Clean development mechanism’ or ‘community doesn’t matter’? The role of public consultation to achieve sustainable development through CDM in Indonesia

Tiza Mafira

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, development studies, law and development, environment, climate change, disasters, environmental law, law - academic, asian law, environmental law, law and development


At the conclusion of the Forests Indonesia conference in September 2011, the star of the evening was Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). Nothing much was said about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) programme, or rather, the lack thereof. In fact, weaving through the crowd of officials from the Ministry of Environment, carbon trade practitioners, business people, and NGO groups, nothing much was said about the CDM in general. There is a reportedly widespread crisis of confidence in the CDM due to many reasons, both globally and in Indonesia. The Indonesian media have reported on various reasons which public officials cite as major challenges, ranging from lack of awareness, complicated procedures, slow bureaucracy, unclear proprietary rights over credits and high transaction costs, among others. Added to that are the still unanswered doubts on whether CDM really does achieve its purpose even when successfully done.

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