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Climate solutions: The long and winding road from Oslo to Jakarta

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 8 2010   /  10:07 am

An agreement signed by the Norwegian and Indonesian governments in Oslo in late May presents the country with big opportunities — as well as challenges — to implement the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD Plus) program.Norway’s grant of US$1 billion to Indonesia under the partnership is a huge step towards saving the country’s peatlands and natural forests.It is perhaps the biggest single pledge that any country has made to Indonesia for environmental management and climate change issues.However, for REDD Plus initiatives to succeed, other countries must fully fund tropical forest protection schemes. In Indonesia, the billion-dollar grant is a significant first step to help the country progress from preparation and readiness activities to launching pilot programs and, eventually, to full implementation of REDD Plus.It is essential that...