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Jakarta Post

Team flies to China with low expectations

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 2 2010   /  10:48 am

Doubts on the fate of the Indonesian government’s main agenda for the REDD scheme linger ahead of the departure of the country’s negotiating team to a climate change meeting in China next week.

Head of the team, Rachmat Witoelar said the outcome on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, known as REDD, would depend on whether rich nations were ready to discuss their emissions cuts figures at the negotiation table.

“REDD could be one area of the negotiations that fails at this year’s talks,” Rachmat, who was President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s special envoy on climate change, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

However, Rachmat said, in the event of failure, existing REDD projects in Indonesia would go on.

Earlier, Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan also voiced his pessimism toward a REDD agreement being met this year, despite a s...