Indonesia making preparation for attending environment summit in S. Korea
JAKARTA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian Environment Ministry on Tuesday gathered experts and scholars to discuss the nation's preparation for the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held in early October in South Korea, aiming to outline options and negotiation strategies in the world's environment summit, a senior official of the ministry said.
The experts and scholars were also expected to be able to explain Indonesia's position and raise biodiversity issues faced by Indonesia so as to get more attention from delegates attending the summit, which will be held in South Korea's Pyeongchang from Oct. 6 to 17, Environment Deputy Minister for Environment Damage Control and Climate Change Arif Yuwono said.
The summit was important for Indonesia as it will be featured with Nagoya Protocol Meeting of Parties (MOP) and high-level segment of CBD on the last days of the event, he added.
The 2-day meeting gathered experts from universities, technical officials from the Environment Ministry and other related ministries, Indonesian Institute of Science, Development Planning agency of Bappenas and representatives of non-government organizations.
"(The) National target in biodiversity policies can be attained through the Indonesian Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan that has been set for 2003 to 2020," Arif said in his remarks to open the meeting here.
Indonesia's biodiversity targets include expanding the country' s conservancy areas by 17 percent in land, 10 percent in coasts and sea, restoration area of damaged environment by 15 percent, and implementing the Nagoya Protocol by 2015.