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Jakarta Post

REDD+: A pathway to prosperity

  • Wahjudi Wardojo and Greg Fishbein

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 18 2011   /  08:00 am

In September 2009, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono committed Indonesia to a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and up to a 41 percent reduction with international assistance, while growing the economy at 7 percent per year at the same time.

As emissions from forests and peatland forests account for more than 60 percent of Indonesia’s overall emissions, the concept of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is gaining traction as a critical effort to meet these goals.

REDD+, simply stated, is a government-led program of policies and incentives that protect and enhance natural forests, while supporting the country’s overall economic development goals. The President has assigned top government officials to lead this effort, donor countries have committed over a US$1 billion to the cause, and in May 2011 the President signed a...