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Jakarta Post

Norway won't fund RI tree planting program: Govt

  • Adianto P. Simamora


JAKARTA   /   Mon, May 31 2010   /  11:45 am

The billion dollar deal signed by Indonesia and Norway will only be used for preserving forests and peatlands and will not finance tree-planting in deforested areas, says a presidential aide. Agus Purnomo, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's special assistant on climate change, said Saturday that initially the agreement was to have covered REDD Plus programs, but Norway apparently agreed only to fund REDD (reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation) programs. REDD Plus programs include tree planting initiatives intended to increase absorption of carbon and slow global warming, according to the United Nations. REDD Plus programs also include initiatives that are focused on degradation, conservation, reducing emissions from deforestation and sustainable forest management. "The agreement is for REDD Plus programs, but there is no money for carbon *absor...