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Jakarta Post

Many regions remain unaware of REDD

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 22 2009   /  12:07 pm

While the international community has praised the Indonesian government's role in promoting REDD, many local administrations are still unaware of the scheme, with most still questioning how much money they can get. An official from the West Papua provincial office, Toto Mei Untardo, and a forestry expert from North Sumatra University (USU), Onrizal, warned the government needed to launch a massive campaign promoting reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) issues to local authorities. "The follow-up *dissemination of REDD education* has been too slow. Most of the regencies and cities in Papua know nothing about REDD issues," Toto told a discussion organized by Conservation International (CI) in Jakarta on Wednesday. Papua and Aceh were the first provinces to declare readiness to host REDD projects during the Bali climate change conference in 2007...