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Jakarta Post

Efforts needed to reach emissions target

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor   /   Thu, February 9 2012   /  09:54 am

The Indonesian government’s target to cut emissions by 26 percent before 2020 under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme cannot be achieved unless the importance of forests is thoroughly understood.

The Forestry Ministry’s environment and climate change expert Yetti Rusli this week said that talks among countries have not led to a strong grasp on forests’ role as carbon stocks.

“Countries keep pressing us to prevent deforestation. They force us not to destroy our forests. In fact, curbing deforestation has been our policy since long time ago,” Yetti said from the sidelines of a REDD+ workshop organized by the office of UN’s REDD program in Bogor, West Java.

While REDD offered incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands, REDD+ also encouraged conservation efforts and sustainable for...