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Indonesia gets US climate funds

Athens News Agency

AGENCIAS INTERNACIONALES - Conference on 'green' procurements in public sector (Grecia)
Conferencia sobre Adquisiciones "Verdes" en el Sector Público
Se hace mención a la inclusión del criterio medioambiental a la hora de tomar decisiones relacionadas con la adquisición de productos, servicios o realización de proyectos en el sector público.

A conference on Greek Public Contracts that promote change of the procedures with which the public sector procures products, services and projects as well as the framework for public-private sector collaboration with the introduction of environmental criteria is being jointly organized on Wednesday in Athens by the Environment, Energy and Climate Change ministry and the Economy, Competitiveness and Merchant Marine ministry, under the auspices of the EU Environmental Directorate.

According to EU data, public sector expenditure on products and services corresponds to approximately 17 percent of the European GDP, indicating that the state agencies are major consumers and therefore should use their buying power for goods and services that respect the environment and contribute substantially to its viable development, according to an environment ministry announcement, which made specific reference to the procurement of electronic and electrical materials supplies, informatics, construction, textile materials, food, paper, furniture, transport and cleaning materials. BOLETIN ANA (ATHENS NEWS AGENCY)

PRENSA INTERNACIONAL - Indonesia gets US climate funds (China)
Indonesia recibe fondos "climáticos" estadounidenses
The United States will spend $136 million over three years on environment and climate change programs in Indonesia, according to a statement issued by the White House on Monday.
The agreement between two of the world's biggest emitters of planet-warming greenhouse gases follows Norway's $1-billion commitment in May to environmental programs in Indonesia.
Indonesia is regarded as a key player in the fight to slow climate change because its tropical forests and carbon-rich peatlands trap huge amounts of carbon dioxide but its rapid deforestation rate has sparked concern among environmentalists.

As trees grow they soak up carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, and release it when they burn or rot.
The White House statement said the United States would allocate $119 million toward a partnership called SOLUSI, which stands for Science, Oceans, Land Use, Society and Innovation.
As part of the deal, the two governments would investigate the possibility of further reducing Indonesia's debt repayments to the US on condition the money saved be spent on environmental preservation.
Clean-energy development programs and marine research would also be covered by the SOLUSI funds, the statement said.

Washington would also put $7 million toward the creation of a regional climate change center "linking science to policy on strategic priorities in the climate change area, and focusing initially on emissions from peatlands".A further $10 million would be set aside for "associated projects and partnerships, including public-private partnerships focused on addressing climate-related challenges in Indonesia".

No further details were given.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has vowed to slash Indonesia's emissions by 26 percent from projected levels by 2020 or by 41 percent with international funding and support.
Bustar Maitar from Greenpeace Indonesia welcomed the new money but called on the US to reduce its own emissions.
"Just throwing money towards Indonesia is not enough," he said by phone. "But this shows that the US government is committed to helping Indonesia fight climate change. The commitment from Norway is also there, so now I think the Indonesian government must try to achieve the 41 percent reduction."CHINA DAILY

AGENCIA INTERNACIONAL - World experts gather in Australia for climate talks (China)
Expertos del mundo se reúnen en Australia para conversaciones sobre el clima
ome of the world's top experts on climate change have been gathering Tuesday in Australia's Gold Coast, as the Australian federal government was considering how it will respond to global warming.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, who will on Tuesday welcome almost 1,000 delegates from around the world, is likely to face some tough questions about what the new prime minister, Julia Gillard, will do, Australian Associated Press reported.

The Climate Adaptation Futures conference, co-hosted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization ( CSIRO) and Griffith University at the Gold Coast Convention Center, runs from Tuesday until Thursday.

Director of the CSIRO's Climate Adaptation Flagship Dr Andrew Ash said scientists hoped the event would bring climate adaptation issues into sharper focus.

Speakers will include the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Achim Steiner, and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Scientist Joseph Alcamo.

The conference will also feature leading scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, set up by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization to provide the world with a clear scientific view on climate change and its consequences.

he Gold Coast is a city in the Australian state of Queensland.
Gillard has become Australia's first female prime minister, as Kevin Rudd stood down as Labor Party leader on Thursday morning.
One of the prime reason for Rudd's failure was his decision to put off his plan to tackle climate change until at least 2013.Agencia oficial de noticias XINHUA


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