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Jakarta Post

Papua - the province of logical choice

  • Greg Poulgrain

Brisbane   /   Fri, November 26 2010   /  09:16 am

The Indonesian province to be the test-case for Norway’s 1 billion dollar environmental deal will be announced during the 16th UN Climate Change Conference starting on Nov. 29 at Cancun, Mexico. The LoI (Letter-of-Intent) signed in Oslo last May requires an Indonesian province “with large intact tracts of rainforest” to stop deforestation for two years. This “REDD+ agreement” (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, with special reference to the indigenous population) could make Indonesia a world-leader in facing the threat of climate change. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared that “Indonesia with the help of international partners could reduce emissions by as much as 41 percent.” During the last decade, the rate of deforestation in Indonesia has been the highest in the world, and currently is two million hectares annually, placing Indonesia a...