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Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs $4b to avert deforestation

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3 2009   /  09:39 am

The government is upbeat that Indonesian deforestation could be averted if international communities grant US$4 billion until 2012 to finance the livelihood of local people and stop forest conversions. The Forestry Ministry said the money would be used to address the main causes of deforestation prior to the implementation of the reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) mechanism. “We need an investment of $4 billion to address the causes of deforestation. The fund should be from world communities as deforestation has become a global problem, especially concerning climate change,” Nur Masripatin, secretary for the ministry’s forestry research and development agency told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “Tackling deforestation is not merely about law enforcement, money talks here, including on how to finance the livelihood of local communities aroun...