Lessons from the Indonesian Experience
Edited by Michael Faure and Andri Wibisana
Chapter 6: Local elections and deforestation in local areas: another challenge for Indonesia in the fight against climate change
Climate change is one of the most significant global challenges of our time, which requires the urgent formulation of comprehensive and effective policy responses. A changing climate affects nearly every sector of the world’s economy and is intricately intertwined with other major environmental threats such as population growth, desertification and land degradation, air and water pollution, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation. To date, most of the international attention directed toward combating climate change has been strikingly insufficient and focused primarily on the industrial and energy sector. The agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors have so far been treated as an unwelcome distraction from the needs to reduce industrial and energy related emissions, rather than being considered as an integral part of the climate change problems which need comprehensive solutions. Nowadays, there is no doubt about the importance of forests in the climate change regime. Forests store about 45 per cent of the terrestrial carbon and have the potential to sequester large amounts of additional carbon.
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