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Your letters: REDD+ task force

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, October 19 2012   /  10:08 am

The letter from the presidential REDD+ task force is most helpful, in as much as it lends considerable weight and credibility to the concerns I raised about the sums of money given by the Norwegian government disappearing “down a black hole”.

For two years, they have been studying the issues and have nothing to show for it or for the millions of dollars spent. What have they saved in two years?

There is no mention in their letter of any achievements. Two years of writing and by the time they finish writing their reports they will be out of date anyway. Useless.

Just today, I was reading how the palm oil industry is about to double in size its hectares in East Kalimantan. I was there a week ago and saw for myself how the Kutai National Park had been badly encroached upon and in a way that is totally illegal.

For the major investment being made by Norway, o...