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Jakarta Post

REDD: Reducing decentralization

  • Pungky Widiaryanto

Ann Arbor, Michigan   /   Wed, November 28 2012   /  10:43 am

On Oct. 22, the House of Representatives endorsed formation of the province of North Kalimantan and regencies of Pangandaran, South Coast Lampung, South Manokwari and Arfak Mountains. A study jointly conducted by researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) found that advancement in regional autonomy could make it more difficult for Indonesia to meet the deforestation target as the main objective of Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+).

REDD+ was originally an incentive offered to developing countries for reducing emissions from deforestation (RED) in order to mitigate climate change. Indonesia as a tropical forest country can generate substantial new economic income through the REDD+ scheme. Payment will require demonstrated emissions reduction th...