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Carbon credits for Aceh forest

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Tue, June 1 2010   /  09:24 am

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 ...