The Minister of Environment and Forestry: Exploration about the potential of Blue Carbon

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Source: ANTARA
Date: April 19, 2022

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) Siti Nurbaya said that there is a lot of potential that can be associated with carbon originating from coastal and marine ecosystems, known as blue carbon.

Speaking when opening a discussion related to blue carbon, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti said that in the net sink document for the forestry sector and other land uses prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, mangroves were identified as one of the important factors in achieving net sinking by 2030.

"But I still see that there is a lot to be explored for carbon from coastal resources, marine ecosystems," said Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti in a discussion entitled "Blue Carbon Workshop on Blue Economy Development and Achievement of NDC Targets" followed virtual from Jakarta, Monday.

The potential for reducing annual emissions from blue carbon provides an opportunity for Indonesia to accelerate climate change mitigation and increase the achievement of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that have been stipulated in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) document.

Indonesia's current GHG emission reduction target is 29 percent with own efforts and 41 percent with international support.

"We see that there is a very large coastal potential which we can then orientate as a blue economy blue carbon. At the same time, maybe we can see together that in the management of blue carbon there is also a better identity or quality of carbon," said Siti.

By looking at this, there is a potential that it can be used for trading

In the same discussion, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Sakti Wahyu Trenggono said that Indonesia's greenhouse gas reduction can be done by expanding conservation zones on the coast

"The first is to expand conservation zones that are very well protected or limited, cannot be touched by anyone and require quite serious financing. We can convey this to the public in the world that it is important for us to provide climate change," said KKP in the discussion.

The second proposal, he said, is to maintain the fishery population by taking fishing on a quota basis, which will be implemented soon. This is also promoted by the presence of industry in the capture zones to drive the economy in a controlled manner. 

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