In a written statement released on Wednesday, Deputy Environment and Forestry Minister Aule Dohong said to achieve global adaptation goals, Indonesia hopes to cooperate with global communities to strengthen capacity and capability to increase climate resilience.
Climate change is a major challenge to the economy, life, and livelihood of the Indonesian people and its impact on food production and distribution, water, and energy as well as environmental health has been evident, he observed.
Indonesia has set an ambitious adaptation target, both in the revised document of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Long–Term Strategy for Carbon and Climate Resilience 2050, he pointed out.
During the online launch of the Adaptation Action Coalition (AAC) on Water Workstream on Tuesday, Aule Dohong said Indonesia needs climate crisis adaptation and mitigation efforts — two inseparable steps, each of which cannot be seen as an alternative because both of them have complementary roles.
The greater the mitigation efforts, the fewer the adapted impact and the smaller the risk to manage, he remarked.
“The target of our adaptation is to reduce risk and vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity and resilience in all sectors and development areas,” he said.
According to Dohong, water resources are one of the focus areas for Indonesia as it works to develop adaptive capacity and resilience to natural disasters and climate change.
The disappearance of water resources due to the disruption of the water balance sheet reached 0.33 to 0.43 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), he noted.
The AAC was launched by the United Kingdom and Egypt at the Climate Adaptation Summit in January, 2021.
It was developed in partnership with Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia, and the United Nations (UN).