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Palm oil and tropical rainforest conservation

  • Teddy Lesmana

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 10 2010   /  09:24 am

An international conference on climate change and forests, held recently in Oslo, Norway, has agreed to provide US$1 billion in assistance to Indonesia to protect the country’s tropical rainforests. This conference specifically talked about mechanisms to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, commonly called REDD plus. With its internationally recognized tropical rainforests, some of the richest in the world, Indonesia has a strategic position in the global efforts for addressing climate change through the preservation of its rainforest in concrete steps to overcome the problem of climate change, in which forests play the role of carbon sequesters. By this function, the preserved forests can help reduce greenhouse gases, one trigger of climate change. Besides the role of Indonesia’s tropical rainforests in slowing global warming, Indonesia...