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Jakarta Post

Government to boost voluntary deals

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 27 2010   /  09:43 am

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said he saw no promising future for any deal regarding REDD ahead of the upcoming climate talks in Mexico, prompting his office to aim to forge voluntary pacts with rich nations. As of September, the ministry has signed voluntary agreements with several countries for a total of 45 projects dealing with reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), which in the end aimed to slash emissions from the forestry sector.From these 45 projects, the Forestry Ministry, Indonesia’s focal point for forest affairs, would receive up to Rp 3 billion (US$336,000) in grants this year.In addition, Indonesia and Norway signed a $1 billion deal in May, which is also focused on emissions reduction through halting forest and peatland clearing.“More will come, including from the United States,” Zulkifli said.“We need to increase our voluntary deals, as I...