Jakarta: Environment and Forestry (LHK) Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar held a bilateral meeting with Czech Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec in pursuit of bolstering cooperation in protecting biodiversity and the environment.
The meeting was marked by the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) of the Republic of Indonesia-Czech Republic on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Cooperation by the two ministers, according to an official statement from the LHK Ministry received here on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Minister Bakar highlighted the Indonesian government’s commitment to implementing global agreements related to environmental issues whilst ensuring that Indonesia also channels notable attention to environmental issues and takes scientific-based actions.
"The Government of Indonesia's commitment to the climate change control agenda is contained in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Indonesia is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent using national resources and reducing emissions by 41 percent with international support by 2030," he remarked.
Indonesia has also completed all REDD+ instruments, including the Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL), Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), National Registry System (SRN), Safeguard Information System (SIS REDD+) and budgeting. To this end, Indonesia has also established the Environmental Fund Management Agency (BPDLH) in October 2019.
Meanwhile, waste management is also a priority for Indonesia, as evidenced by the issuance of Presidential Regulation Number 97 of 2017 on the National Policy and Strategy (Jakstranas) for Waste Management.
The target is set for 100-percent waste management by 2025, through efforts to reduce waste by 30 percent and through waste management by 70 percent.
"To support these efforts, we are also limiting the use of plastic shopping bags, plastic straws, and single-use plastic foam food containers at the modern retail level and the food and beverage service industry. As of October 2020, two provinces, Bali and Jakarta, as well as 38 cities and regencies have implemented regulations prohibiting the use of single-use plastics," he expounded.
On the occasion, the Czech Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec expressed hope for opportunities and cooperation at various levels. This effort was evidenced by the arrival of several Czech delegations that also involved academics, associations, and business entities, especially in the plastic recycling industry.
"I hope these bilateral relations between Indonesia and the Czech Republic on environmental and forestry issues would be improved, so that this cooperation would be mutually beneficial for both countries," Brabec remarked.