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The Jakarta Globe, October 26, 2009, Fidelis E Satriastanti

 As the UN’s Copenhagen climate change summit nears, green groups on Monday said they would ask the House of Representatives to summon the country’s climate negotiators to report on the status of the talks. 

“We will send a formal letter to the new members of the House to invite the National Council on Climate Change [DNPI] and the Indonesian delegation for climate talks to present reports on the latest developments in the negotiations and also the strategy for Copenhagen,” said Siti Maimunah, national coordinator for the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam). 

The Copenhagen summit in December aims to produce agreements for emission cut targets that are deeper than the 5 percent mandated in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. 

Indonesia is particularly keen on a new mechanism, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, which would allow carbon emission reductions from forests to be traded in the carbon market and could serve as a source of funds for environmental conservation projects. 

“We are pushing the House of Representatives to call [the negotiators] because ever since [climate talks in Bali in December 2007], there have not been any transparent reports about the results of [previous talks] or even preliminary meetings on what they want to negotiate in the [upcoming climate] talks,” said Teguh Surya, head of advocacy and networking for the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi). 

“As a result, the members of the Indonesian delegation [to the climate talks] under the coordination of DNPI were just speaking for their own sectors, even though they were sent” to represent the nation.
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