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Jakarta Post

Meru Betiri park prepares to host REDD pilot project

  • Luthfiana Mahmudah

    The Jakarta Post

Jember, East Java   /   Fri, July 30 2010   /  10:27 am

The Meru Betiri National Park in Jember, East Java, has been chosen to host a pilot project for a tropical forest conservation plan as part of an initiative Reducing Emissions from Deforestation Degradation (REDD).

The park’s administrative affairs division head, Mustada Imran Lubis, said that the plan is in the preparation stage.

“We’re currently working to familiarize [the project among] the community, local administrations, academics and NGOs,” Mustada told The Jakarta Post.

The preparations, he said, included reforesting and replanting 58,000 hectares of barren fields inside protected forest areas.

“By the end of 2012, will hopefully be able to know how much carbon we can trade from the forest,”
he said.

The destruction of tropical rainforests is responsible for an estimated 17 percent of global CO2 emissions — six times the amount...