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Siti Nurbaya Explains Green City Concept in G20 Meeting

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Indonesia is committed to the development of environmentally friendly cities. Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya explained about green cities in the G20 meeting.

Siti Nurbaya was present virtually with the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia Arifin Tasrif, at the meeting of the G20 Ministers with the theme Energy and Climate, Friday (23/7/2021). In this session, the G20 countries discussed the sustainable recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic, about building green cities to control global climate change, accelerating the energy transition and about financing climate change.

The official statement from the Government of Indonesia, which was read by the Minister of Environment and Forestry, stated that the green perspective has been widely considered by communities around the world, including in Indonesia. It is growing very fast with strong support from the younger generation.

“Our society has started to appreciate reforestation efforts in simple ways, such as planting trees and recycling waste,” said Siti in a release received. detik.com, Sunday (25/7/2021).

According to him, the green industry with an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainable use of resources as well as improving environmental quality is also growing rapidly.

He stated that Indonesia is developing a Green City Development Program, which is designed to encourage the participation of central and local governments to achieve sustainable green cities, including environmentally friendly buildings, energy and transportation.

“We have also incorporated Nature-Based Solutions or Ecosystem-Based Approaches to deliver ecosystem benefits to cities or urban areas,” he added.

Siti then explained, as an effort to raise awareness and take real action on climate, Indonesia has given the Green Leadership Awards or known as Nirwasita Tantra. It aims to reward local leaders, parliamentarians, business leaders and youth who have actualized deep green-oriented leadership in their leadership in their respective sectors.

Indonesia will work closely with all members to design solutions and contribute to addressing global environmental and climate challenges.

“We believe that green management is the strategic answer for the future. Together, through synergies at all levels, we can contribute to sustainable development, improve the quality of our environment, and tackle climate change,” said Siti.

In line with sustainable urban development, Indonesia is committed to leading climate change control actions with the best of its experiences. Indonesia is currently on track to meet the Updated NDC and will strengthen climate change control measures, particularly in renewable energy and forestry, through the “INDONESIA FoLU 2030”. With various existing policies, Indonesia will be able to achieve a carbon net sink in the forestry sector by 2030.

“We aim to achieve a carbon net sink in the forestry sector in the next 7 years, armed with our experience in several matters, namely: forest fire control, peatland management, moratorium on new permits in primary forests and peatlands, land conservation, land degradation neutrality, enforcement of law, as well as community participation,” he said.

Siti hopes that the G20 member countries must take the lead in strengthening global partnerships. Indonesia will seek to maintain the momentum of today’s meeting towards UNFCCC COP26, and enhance it, not only ambition but also concrete action to achieve a low carbon and sustainable future.

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