Jakarta-LHK Minister Siti Nurbaya received a visit from the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora Van Nieuwenhuizen at the LHK Minister’s Office, Jakarta, Monday (9/3). During the meeting, the two agreed to continue, and strengthen cooperation in the field of Waste Management, Circular Economy and Water Quality, and Climate Change as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The Minister of LHK conveyed that circular economy in Indonesia has also become a trend for Indonesia, such as the initiative of the Trash Bank and also the steps of industry groups such as Danone, Nestle, Unilever, Tetra-pack, etc. The Minister also explained that there were already 33 cities in Indonesia that had enacted a regulation prohibiting the use of disposable plastics. Even so, Minister Siti revealed that Indonesia was very careful in making this waste management policy, considering the huge demographics, and the very different demographic spectrum.
On this occasion, Minister Cora welcomed the signing of the MoU regarding the circular economy. “The Netherlands also has experience in processing waste into energy as part of a circular economy. There is a business delegation handling this matter, who also participated in this visit to Indonesia, “he said.
Minister Cora said, the Dutch Government is also developing new fishing for litter project, which is carried out by business entities, and recycles its plastic waste into usable goods. “We invite the Minister of LHK to be able to visit the Netherlands, and see first hand it,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the field of Climate Change, Minister Cora invited the Minister of the Environment to attend the Global Commission Summit in October. At the forum, the Government of Indonesia had the opportunity to present various efforts to control climate change that had been carried out by Indonesia. The Netherlands respects President Jokowi’s decision for Indonesia as a member of the Global Commissions for Climate Adaptation. In this case, President Jokowi has appointed LHK Minister as a commissioner representing Indonesia.
LHK Minister Siti Nurbaya expressed his appreciation for the invitation from the Netherlands. Minister Siti also conveyed the dynamics of climate change control in Indonesia including SRN, MRV instruments, community responses, and local governments, as well as the establishment of the Environmental Fund Management Agency (BPDLH).