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Jakarta Post

Conservation offers better rewards than plantations: UNEP

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 29 2011   /  08:00 am

A United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) report says conserving rainforests in Indonesia can generate three times more revenue than clearing them for palm oil plantations.

The report estimates that the carbon value of peat-rich forests ranges from US$3,711 and $11,185 per hectare over a 25-year period, which is a higher value than the revenue from any other land uses such as — among others — agroforestry, sustainable logging and oil palm.

While the range of net present values for carbon credits from avoided deforestation of forests on peat lands is between $7,420 and $22,090 per hectare for a 25-year period.

The report also says that rainforest conservation can also deliver multiple green economy benefits from battling climate change such as securing water supplies and improving livelihoods while at the same time protecting the remaining population of orangu...