Climate change on the agenda during University's visit to Indonesia

29 April 2010

Sydney Law School academics from the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) will conduct a series of workshops with key government and NGO stakeholders during the University's current visit to Indonesia.

Led by the Law School's Professor of Climate and Environmental Law, Rosemary Lyster, the workshops will cover topics of special interest, including Emerging Infections and their Control, and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

Members of ACCEL have visited Indonesia on two prior occasions in December 2007 and February 2009 to consult on their research.

During these visits, stakeholders have expressed the need for legal capacity building on the issue of REDD.

"ACCEL made a strategic decision to focus its collaborative research efforts on REDD in Indonesia in 2007, motivated by a growing international consensus that REDD is a priority in negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol," Professor Lyster said.

"This was confirmed by the Copenhagen Accord which recommends that funding for REDD be mobilised immediately.

"The research focuses on Indonesia because it is the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, 85 per cent of which is attributed to deforestation."

Members of ACCEL were awarded a $224,000 ARC Discovery Grant to support their research in this area.

The team also includes:

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