The Jakarta Post
Your average Joe is likely to think of the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) — already a mouthful to pronounce — as just another one of those countless UN programs currently being implemented in a far away country.
However fl ying 3,000 meters above sea level over the forests of Aceh helps bring home the significance of such an initiative.
During this 45-minute priceless flight — the time it took between taking off from Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport in Banda Aceh and landing at Alas Lauser Airport, Southeast Aceh, Aceh — green tropical forests, dense and high, spread till the eyes could see.
Millions of giant trees growing at 1,200 to 2,000 meters above sea level stood below the plane, challenging a blanket of clouds moving slowly over the mountains.
“This is very spectacular, and a most amazing scenery. I have never seen ...