Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor
Bogor is joining the growing global movement to fight global warming and reverse climate change.
Along with Banda Aceh Mayor Mawardy Nurdin and representatives of 30 environmental management agencies nationwide, Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto on late Monday signed a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The deal, called the Bogor Declaration, was signed after the close of a workshop on regional policies for protecting the environment.
The workshop was organized by the Bogor municipal administration, the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the State Ministry for the Environment.
Bogor administration's assistant for social and economic affairs, Indra M. Roesli, said activities in urban areas were producing large amounts of greenhouse gasses and these gasses were only increasing.
"Also the use of energy in urban areas is not efficient, resulting in unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. To deal with global warming, we need local initiatives, a commitment from all parties and strong leadership," he said.
The Bogor Declaration binds signatories to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by companies and individuals, improve energy efficiency, develop biofuels, improve transportation systems and focus on waste management.
Indra said the signatories would reassemble to draft their next step, as well as to brainstorm on local policies for responding to global warming.
"We will involve all urban residents in listing sources of greenhouse gas emissions and making personal targets and plans for reducing emissions, and delivering regular reports on these targets," he said.