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Reportage: Locals claim they are uniformed about REDD

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, July 27 2010   /  10:33 am

Despite recent claims by the government of major victories in securing climate financing from several countries to stop deforestation, many relevant communities remain unaware of these potentially lucrative deals currently being negotiated. "The forest is part of our lives - it gives us our living. So, with or without money, we will protect our forest," Sarwevin, former head of Jahanjang village of Katingan regency in Central Kalimantan, said. Asked if he had heard of the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) scheme currently being negotiated by the government, Sarwevin said "So far, nobody has informed us about it *REDD*." "My understanding is that all money *from carbon credit schemes* will be used to finance Indonesia's foreign debt." While serving as village head from 1996-2008, Sarwevin attended several meetings on forest issues in K...