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Jakarta Post

More funds may not mean better forest conservation

  • Yansen

Queensland   /   Fri, June 11 2010   /  08:45 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is away to attend the Oslo Climate and Forestry Conference (May 26-27). The discussion on the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) Plus scheme will be dominating the meeting. Indonesia is hoping this conference will clarify aspects of the REDD scheme, especially the international community’s commitment to support REDD implementation. President Yudhoyono himself is planning to sign an agreement with the Norwegian prime minister on a partnership in the forestry
sector. The ongoing talks on climate change, and the inclusion of combating deforestation as an integral part of global warming mitigation, have created enormous opportunities to fund forest conservation. In this Oslo meeting, developed countries are pledged to increase their commitment regarding REDD financing by up to US$5 billion (The Jakarta Post, May 25).  In...