Ministry of Environment and East Nusa Tenggara Province Join Forces to Fight Climate Change
Kupang, 25 March 2013 – The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia and the Governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province have joined forces to fight the adverse impact of climate change in East Nusa Tenggara province The cooperation is marked by the establishment of a memorandum of cooperation between The Ministry of Environment and the Government of East Nusa Tenggara province together with the three district of Manggarai, East Sumba and Sabu Raijua. NTT is one of Indonesia’s high vulnerable provinces to the climate change where the impact already occurred for last decade, such as longer dry season and unpredictable rainfall patterns. The Deputy Minister for Environmental Degradation Control and Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment reminded the importance for central government to support the initiatives of local governments to address the adverse impact of climate change. “The cooperation is expected to facilitate in enhancing adaptive capacity of East Nusa Tenggara province which will be in line with the national strategy. Best practices and lessons learned in NTT will provide important inputs to the national policy makers and other provinces throughout the country”, Mr Yuwono as the Deputy Minister for Environmental Degradation Control and Climate Change stated in the opening session of Kick-Off Meeting SPARC on 24th March 2013 in Kupang. The above mentioned memorandum will be a basis for the cooperation between the national and NTT provincial governments to carry out activities addressing the high dependence of rural communities in NTT province on the climate change and variability for their subsistence agricultural production, water resources and livelihoods. “I expect the SPARC program conducted in NTT will enhance local government capacity both in provincial and district level as well as to improve community resilient to the climate change. Additionally, integration of adaptation issues into local development planning will be achieved.” added Frans Lebu, the Governor of East Nusa Tenggara province. The Memorandum of Cooperation enables the execution of the SPARC project: “Strategic Planning and Action to strengthen climate resilience of Rural Community on East Nusa Tenggara province”. This project, funded by the Global Environment Facility’s Special Climate Change Fund and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), focuses on strengthening and developing climate-resilient institutions and rural communities in terms of stability of livelihoods, food production and access to water. Refer to 2010 data; NTT is one of provinces in Indonesia with poverty percentage higher (25.7%) than national percentage (16%). This disparity is reflected in the progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while great strides were made by Indonesia towards meeting the objectives of 2015 on many MDGs, NTT still lags behind. The cooperation between the United Nations and the Government of Indonesia is guided by a joint development road map for 2011–2015 of the United Nations Partnership for Development Framework (UNPDF). The UNPDF identifies not only objectives aimed at making development work for the poor and vulnerable, but also strengthen national and local resilience to climate change, threats, shocks and disasters.
Ms. Sri Tantri Arundati,
Assistan Deputy for Climate Change Adaptatio n, Ministry of Environment
Mr. Wayan Darmawa,
Head of Bappeda NTT
Ms. Verania Andria,
Programme Manager, UNDP