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Jakarta Post

Indonesian tropical rainforests and climate change

  • Sukristijono Sukardjo

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 28 2010   /  09:53 am

Indonesian tropical forests (ITR), covering an area of about 119 million hectares, is an area that presents opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors of green planet. The ITR is extremely rich in flora with diversity and endemism value totaling 40. The rich species diversity includes 3,000 species of timber, and only 20 species is exploited commercially and by trade.The ITR are changing at an unprecedented rate and almost extinct in many locations due to illegal or over logging.Due to its bio-geographical, ecological and evolutionary factors, Indonesia with a large swathe of coastal areas and tropical rainforests is the international people’s hope. The world people placed their hope in the ITR, and the customary public perception is Indonesia should stay green in terms of REDD (Reduce Emission from Avoided Deforestation and Forest Degradation) for stabilizing climate changes and ma...