Indonesia’s Poor are at risk of Climate change : UNDP Report

Indonesia’s Poor are at risk of Climate change : UNDP Report

By Arry Raymond 

Jakarta, (Nov 28), The United Nation Development Program (UNDP) report with title ‘the other half  of climate change: why Indonesia must adapt to protect its poorest people’ released on Tuesday (11/27) reveal that millions of Indonesian’s poor are at risk of climate change.

The report carries the voices of vulnerable communities, highlights the relationship between climate change and poverty and underlines the importance of supporting community efforts to adapt to the challenges ahead.   

The report, that released together with UNDP annual’s Human Development Report, was launched ahead of UN climate change conference next week in Bali, where trade ministers, finance ministers and high-level officials from 189 countries will meet to decide the future course of the worldwide push to curb greenhouse gas emissions after the 2012 expiration of the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

UNDP country director for Indonesia, Hakan Bjorkman said ‘the impact of climate change was discriminatory and poor people are more vulnerable cause they have fewer resources or capacities to adapt to climate change’.

Nearly 40 million Indonesian living in poverty, including farmers and fishermen, are at risk of deprivations in health care, food security and clean water access and will be the worst affected due to the threats including the rise of sea levels, prolonged droughts, the tropical cyclone and disruption in agricultural production, the report said.  

The report explain, for the farmer, shifting weather patterns had made erratic droughts and rainfall have led to crop failures. 

Further Bjorkman said developed countries are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions which cause global warming and Indonesia should also be able to rely on international support, not just for mitigation but also for the measures that will be needed to help the poorest people who will face the brunt of more erratic and extreme weather conditions.

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