Source : Kemitraan, August 09, 2011
“Indonesia has a commitment to reach balance between economic growth and reducing emissions. Commitment towards economic growth is 7% and reducing emissions is 26% or so-called 7/26 cannot be positioned as contradicting to each other. “Convergence point between economic growth 7% and reducing emissions 26% is business NOT as usual approach”. This was stated by Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of the Presidential Working Unit for Development Supervision and Control (UKP4) in the seminar on “Low Emission Economic Growth: Where is It Going?”.
Present in the seminar were Dr. Mubariq Ahmad, Lecturer of Faculty of Economics University of Indonesia, Bustar Maitar, of Greenpeace Campaigner for Southeast Asia, Rezal Kusumaatmadja of Partner Starling Resources, Jeffry G. Saragih of Sawit Watch, and Wimar Witoelar as the moderator.
According to Mubariq Ahmad, this target gives opportunity for Indonesia to develop low carbon economy (ERK). “Low carbon economy is a win-win solution for Indonesia which is susceptible towards climate change,” he stated.
In his opening remark, Wicaksono Sarosa, Kemitraan Executive Director stated “Economic growth which is carbon cost effective is a commitment of the government and all parties to conduct development which is not BAU (business as usual) through good governance”.
This seminar is important to bring together different people with different perspectives on REDD+. “Hopefully this seminar is one step to unite all concerns, to make REDD+ a success and improve Indonesian’s image internationally,” said Wimar.