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Rabu, 16 Desember 2009

Why Carbon Trade Should be Opposed

The Global Day of Action, lasted Saturday, gave momentum for environment activists to have the International Demonstrations on Climate Change, which was an global scale demonstration held in various countries to emphasize that the emission reduction isn't made into a carbon trade mechanism. The carbon trade, with developed countries as the 'buyers' and the developing countries as the 'sellers', would be an unfair mechanism.

"Carbon trade from developing countries claimed to be an effort for emission reduction by developed countries, means that emission will continue from the industries of developed ones. This diversion from emission reduction must be opposed," said the executive director of Forum for the Environment (Walhi) Berry Nahdian Forqan, Jakarta.

Along with other environment activists, Walhi directs the charges through the Global Day of Action to the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. America, with a total emission of 36.1 percent in the world, so far is reluctant to agree to the emission reduction target according to the Kyoto Protocol. This is a bad precedent for other countries.

The global agreement contained in the Kyoto Protocol, according to Berry, targets emission reduction at 24-25 percent, from the level of 1990, by 2020, especially for the industrial countries or the Annex-1. Based on the considerations and scientific analysis, if the emission reduction target isn't achieved then the global temperature is estimated to rise up to 2 degrees Celcius for the next 100 years.

"A rise of 2 degrees Celcius would aggravate climate change impact and the worse disasters would be encountered by the developing countries, not the developed ones. The developed countries now are more prepared to encounter disasters from climate change," said Berry.


Through a news portal, last Saturday, head of the working unit for land-Use change, and forestry of the National Council on Climate Change, Doddy Sukadri, from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, stated that Indonesia stresses the importance of emission reduction by retaining wetlands.

Former executive director of Walhi, Chalid Muhammad, stated that from the angle of preserving forests and wetlands, Indonesia is confronted by the irony of palm oil plantation expansion on some areas permitted by the government. "The palm oil expansion is encroaching on heterogenous forests that contain biological diversity."

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