Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA) - Climate Change Control Director General at the Environment and Forestry Ministry Laksmi Dhewanthi urged provincial as well as district and city governments to synergize and collaborate to execute climate action at the grassroots level.

During a technical work meeting on climate change control here Monday, Dhewanthi underscored the importance of collaboration on account of the fact that the climate change target encompasses several sectors across different government institutions.

Dhewanthi affirmed that the role of all sectors in regional governments is deemed important in achieving climate resiliency due to which it cannot be handled by a single office.

"As part of the government that is close to mitigation and adaptation actions, the regional government plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving climate resiliency," she noted.

On the occasion, she explained that the Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara Regions Climate Change Control (PPI) Regional Technical Work Meeting (Rakernis) is held here for two days, on April 3-4, 2023.

The technical work meeting (Rakernis) is intended to disseminate information and discuss the role, commitment, and contribution of regional governments in implementing Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Carbon Economic Value (NEK).

It is also used as a platform to share progress update concerning climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.

She noted that regional governments play a vital role in the efforts to achieve the NDC target through the implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

This is carried out by formulating action plans, undertaking actions, and conducting evaluation monitoring as part of the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as mandated in Presidential Regulation No. 98 of 2021.

At the earlier National Rakernis PPI, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar also encouraged the use of environmental funding that reached over Rp15 trillion (US$1 billion) in the Environmental Fund Management Agency (BPDLH).

The environmental fund can address the regional governments' problem concerning the lack of such funding allocated within the regional budget.

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Translator: Willi Irawan. Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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