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Jakarta Post

RI ready for REDD application to cut carbon

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22 2009   /  01:22 pm

Indonesia is set to benefit from forest carbon trade as the reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) scheme will likely be included in the post-Kyoto Protocol regime. After becoming the first country to issue regulation on REDD, Indonesia, the world's third-largest forest country, with about 120 million hectares of rainforest, is ready to invite the international community to take part in the country's forest carbon trading. A ministerial decree signed by Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban states indigenous people, local authorities, private organizations and businesspeople both local and foreign are allowed to run REDD projects in the country's forests. "We are the first country with regulation on the REDD mechanism," Nur Masripatin, a senior Forestry Ministry official dealing with the REDD, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. The decree says per...