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Road to Copenhagen: From Papua with hope - for climate, forest and people

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 17 2009   /  01:18 pm

When world leaders are perceived to be slow to show commitment and progress in tackling climate change, their local counterparts often emerge as better surrogates. Last week, at the opening of the first International Biodiversity Conference for Sustainable Development in Papua, the governor of Papua re-affirmed his pledge to address climate change and sustainability in this province. The governor articulated five key aspirations. The first three relate to sustainable forest and land use management: halting 50 percent of allocated conversion forests and preserving these under sustainable forest management; not allowing the use of primary forests with high conservation values (HCVs) for oil palm and other land uses; and increasing the efficiency and productivity of current land use, including existing oil palm. The other two messages consist in promoting and developing rene...