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Skepticism mounts on benefits of moratorium

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 3 2010   /  09:48 am

Industry stakeholders backed by renowned scientists have challenged the government’s forest moratorium plan and demanded valid scientific assessments of its impact on the sustainability of the environment and economy.

University of Lampung agricultural economist Bustanul Arifin says the moratorium, which fell under the government’s carbon emission reduction scheme (REDD), is based on variables that were not based on justifiable scientific findings.

Among the variables, he said, was a 26 percent reduction of carbon emissions by the end of 2010 and a 41 percent reduction target. The government claimed the latter target would be possible only with assistance from donor countries or mechanisms under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The governments of Indonesia and Norway signed a letter of intent (LoI) on a climate deal in May requiring Indones...