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Jakarta Post

Limits of green alarmism

  • Agus Purnomo

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 30 2010   /  10:49 am

Boosting Indonesia’s economy and meeting our development objectives while simultaneously tackling the threat of climate change requires a new kind of economic planning and decision-making.Meeting these objectives will not be easy. Our land-based natural resources are critically important for our growth, but they also account for high greenhouse gas emissions. Governance and law enforcement pose other challenges, exacerbated further by the evolving devolution of power to the provinces and districts. But these multiple objectives can and must be met.Success will require the joint effort and contribution of government, civil society, businesses and local communities at all levels. Building an effective system for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is particularly complex, as it involves a fundamentally different approach to spatial planning and how we mak...