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Jakarta Post

RI forests play role in global emissions

  • Kerri Pandjaitan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 16 2011   /  07:00 am

Indonesia’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 26 percent found itself at the heart of global climate change progress.

As a tropical country rich in natural resources — boasting the third-largest rainforest area — forest conservation is one of the top items on the climate change agenda.

Deforestation is responsible for about 80 percent of Indonesia’s emissions, National Council for Climate Change (DNPI) chairman Rachmat Witoelar says.

While many have called the target unrealistic, the DPNI is certain that 85 percent of the target may be achieved through more efficient forest management alone, with the help of foreign partners.

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono also stated that Indonesia’s reduction efforts should be domestically funded, while additional cuts of up to 41 percent would be possible with international aid.

“We wil...