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US Development Agency Grants $5 Million to Indonesia to Help Battle Climate Change

The development agency of the United States government has awarded $5 million to the Indonesian Climate Change Trust Fund, or ICCTF, run by the Indonesian government, to help fund climate change programs of Indonesian non-governmental organizations, a statement from the US embassy said on Monday.

Andrew Sisson, director at the local US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission, on Friday signed the agreement with the Climate Change Trust Fund. Sisson said Indonesia faced a wide range of climate change-related issues, ranging from changing weather patterns that affect food production to rising sea levels that increases the risk of coastal flooding.

“The United States is proud to support the Indonesian Climate Change Trust Fund and continue our history of partnering with the Indonesian government to tackle important global challenges,” Sisson said in the statement.
Sisson continued praising ICCTF, which involves all stakeholders in Indonesia, as climate change was a global threat that required all parties’ involvement. ICCTF is an Indonesian government body that manages international funds for climate change mitigation in the country.

Endah Murningtyas, deputy for natural resources and the environment at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and chair of ICCTF’s board of trustees, attended the signing and applauded the United States for granting the fund to Indonesia.

“This contribution shows that international partners like the United States are important to Indonesia’s efforts in transitioning to a low-carbon economy and adapting to climate change,” Endah said.

According to the US embassy statement, ICCTF is one of only two trust funds in the world that is nationally managed and dedicated to fighting climate change, making it a model for other developing countries.

Indonesia is among the countries most impacted by climate change as deforestation contributes to greeenhouse gas emissions in the country. The government has announced a plan to cut the country’s carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2020 through protection of forests and peatlands, and with international aid.

US climate change initiatives in Indonesia, which include the USAID support for ICCTF, fall under the aegis of the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. USAID has invested over $38 million in environmental programs in Indonesia this year.

Source: The Jakarta Globe