Discussing Climate Change and Social Justice with Member of UK Parliament


Pontianak, Gemawannews- Zac Goldsmith, a member of United Kingdom parliament for Environmental Audit, and team from UKCCU as well as The Asia Foundation had a discussion with network partners in Pontianak (29/4). This visit was aimed to understand and observe the field directly concerning climate change impact on forestry and social justice sectors in relation to program carried out by UKCCU. Before the discussion was held, they also visited the community’s farmland and had a discussion with the government of Kubu Raya district.

The discussion which held in Gemawan’s office were attended by some NGOs’ network such as JARI, Titian, and Fakta, the academician of Tanjungpura University, DR. Hermansyah, also attended the discussion. During three-hour discussion, Zac Goldsmith explained that their intention of visiting West Kalimantan is to support the climate change program.

“The British government has a consensus agreement that we take a part for tackling climate change as a recognition that we contact with the  climate change with also looking at the issue of forest and recognition we contact with forest issue with also looking at the issue of social justice. These are the guiding principle of the work that the Department of International Development is doing in Indonesia, and I am here simply to learn more about that work and try to understand better how we can be helpful and I take it back to the British Government” Goldsmith stated.

Jenny Yates, the Head of UKCCU in Indonesia, explained that “The unit is trying to assist Indonesia to address forestry and land use issues that contribute to climate change, and also we work in engagement quality here to move to a low carbon and growth part, and we work in the International Climate Change Negotiation.”

In governance issue of forestry and land use sector, according to Laili Khairnur, the problems and challenges encountered because the lack of governance and law enforcement in these sectors, the capacity problems faced by community and government, and communication gap between community and government.

“To accelerate this process, we implement some approaches specifically the community empowerment, advocacy, communication with stakeholders as well as public campaign to gain  support from all parties. These activities are not possible to do alone, hence we cooperate with civil society in West Kalimantan,” said Laili when delivered her presentation. (zn)

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