Jokowi speech at COP26 criticized by civil society, only selling forests

Pembukaan lahan hutan untuk proyek food estate di Sepang, Gunung Mas, Kalimantan Tengah. © Muhamad Habibi / Save Our Borneo / Greenpeace
Jokowi speech at COP26 criticized by civil society, only selling forests

President Joko Widodo delivered his speech at the Climate Change Summit (COP26) on Monday local time. Civil Society in Indonesia also responded to Jokowi speech.

In his speech, Jokowi revealed Indonesia's achievements and commitments in dealing with climate change. Jokowi also said that the rate of deforestation fell significantly, the lowest in the last 20 years. Forest fires fell by 82% in 2020. Indonesia has also started the rehabilitation of 3 million critical lands between 2010-2019.

Greenpeace Indonesia regrets the content of President Joko Widodo's speech at the COP 26 event in Glasgow, Monday (1/11) local time, which did not show the serious and ambitious commitment which was the government's initiative.

As a member of the G20 and even holding the G20 presidency in 2022, Indonesia should be an example for many developing countries to break dependence on dirty energy, achieve zero deforestation, and not rely on international support.

“As part of the 20 largest economies in the world and the 10 largest emitting countries, Indonesia should take the lead with ambitious commitments and concrete actions to decarbonize its economy. That is by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, ending the dominance of coal in the energy sector, and not relying on carbon trading which is a false solution to the climate crisis,” said Leonard Simanjuntak, Head of Greenpeace Indonesia, in his statement.

The Executive Director of the Sustainable Madani Foundation, Nadia Hadad, said in a written statement that President Jokowi must firmly issue development policies - including national economic recovery - that is consistent with the FOLU net sink agenda and the goal of ending deforestation by 2030.

This story was originally published in Bahasa Indonesia in on November 3, 2021. It was produced as part of the 2021 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security.

Banner image: Forest clearing for a food estate project in Sepang, Gunung Mas, Central Kalimantan / Credit: Muhamad Habibi, Greenpeace

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