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|27 March 2010
Climate change on Obama’s agenda during visit to Indonesia
US President Barack Obama who has delayed until next June his planned visit to Indonesia will bring three agenda items on climate change, national news agency Antara quoted a WWF official as saying.
"There are three agenda items, namely forest and peat land management, clean technology and climate change, and coral triangle," WWF-Indonesia Program Director for climate and energy affairs, Fitrian Ardiansyah said here on Thursday.
Fitrian said that for the forest and peat land management, the United States would see how far Indonesia could cut its gas emissions and the chance for cooperation.
"There is a tropical forest conversion program where a fund would be made available for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme," she said.
If Indonesia is able to formulate it, there would be a clean technology such as renewable energy technology and energy conservation, she said.
Regarding the coral triangle, the United States will continue its scientific research and coral reef protection programs.
"We hope with the visit of Obama there would be comprehensive bilateral cooperation, but all this would depend on the ability of Indonesia to make use of this opportunity, provide a clear proposal and show its priorities to the United States," Fitrian said.
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