We expect collaboration from various stakeholders
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Climate Change Directorate General at the Environment and Forestry Ministry is seeking to establish five thousand more climate villages by 2022, Climate Change Director General Laksmi Dhewanti stated at a virtual event here on Thursday.

"We expect collaboration from various stakeholders, not just the internal units within the ministry but also from various other ministries and institutions, to implement climate change adaptation agendas through the Climate Village Program," she noted.

The Climate Village (ProKlim) program is an effort to bolster involvement of the public and stakeholders in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The program also aims to strengthen the mitigation and adaptation capacity to handle the impacts of climate change in accordance with each regions' conditions.

According to Environment and Forestry Ministerial Regulation No. 84 of 2016 on the Climate Village Program, ProKlim can be implemented in an administrative area at the level of rukun warga up to villages.

The ProKlim program encompasses adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Adaptation efforts comprise handling the impacts of droughts, floods, and landslides; bolstering food resiliency; handling the impact of rising sea surfaces, tidal waves, sea water intrusion, abrasion, ablation, and high waves; and handling climate-related diseases.

Mitigation steps include the management of waste and garbage; utilization of renewable energy and energy conservation; cultivation of low greenhouse gas emission farming; increasing vegetation cover; and prevention and mitigation of forest and land fires.

The ProKlim program is an effort to mobilize the full potential of the public to improve adaptation capability to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Dhewanthi affirmed.

According to the ministry's data, until 2021, the ProKlim program was only implemented in 3,270 villages out of the total 83,932 villages in Indonesia.

The government seeks to implement the program in 20 thousand villages by 2024.

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