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People may not receive cash from REDD scheme

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sat, June 19 2010   /  11:58 am

Local people involved in efforts to protect forests may not receive money in cash since the government's ongoing forest carbon scheme pilot projects did not use a cash handout system. Forestry Ministry director for environmental services Tony Suhartono said the government had not settled the financial mechanism of the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) scheme. "We may prevent directly providing cash to local people to promote sustainable REDD projects," he said Tuesday. Tony said previous projects in West Kutai, East Kalimantan, when the government gave concessions to local people showed the risk of handing out cash. "The local people cut trees in their concession areas and sell it to get money. It renders the project unsustainable," he said. Millions of Indonesian rely on forests for their livelihoods. The government has sai...