Climate change is affecting countries around the globe, with Indonesia being one of the most severely affected countries due to its large number of islands (approximately 17,000), and the communities’ great dependency on natural resources. As an archipelago, Indonesia is very vulnerable to rising sea levels and floods, while erratic weather patterns have the potential to impact agricultural and fishery production which support many communities. At the same time, Indonesia is a significant contributor to global emissions of greenhouse gases, above all in the land use, land use change and forestry sectors as well as in the energy sector.
To address these prevalent issues, the Indonesian Government has made a decision to be at the forefront of efforts to reduce carbon emissions. At the G-20 Summit in September 2009, the President of Indonesia pledged to reduce GHG emissions unilaterally by 26% and up to 41% with international support by 2020.
Considering the size of investments needed to successfully implement Indonesia’s climate change strategy and considering the high demand for coordination and harmonization of funding, the Government Of Indonesia (GOI) launched the ICCTF on September 14, 2009.
Since its establishment in 2009, ICCTF has been proactively participating in international climate change negotiation processes spearheaded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its annual Conferences of the Parties (COP).