Indonesia needs new environment law

Indonesian experts have found an urgent necessity to implement new environment law. They feel such a law is necessary to change the casual approach of the nation to climate. University of Indonesia environmental law expert Andri Wibisana said.

In a recent study presented at the Better Air Quality Conference in Bangkok last week, Andri and Laode Syarif of Hasanuddin University recommended a climate change law be enacted. It can be added that Japan is the only Asian country to have enacted a climate change law.

Indonesia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 and the Kyoto Protocol in 2004. Under the Kyoto, however, Indonesia, like other developing nations, has no obligation to reduce emissions.

The recent study was presented at the Better Air Quality Conference in Bangkok last week, Andri and Laode Syarif of Hasanuddin University recommended a climate change law be enacted.

The study, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), says the 1997 environment management law is ineffective for dealing with environmental issues because executive and regulatory powers are given to other departments and local authorities.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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