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Hard work pays off

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18 2020   /  01:00 am
South Sumatra forest fire task force members try to put out fire at peatland. (JP/Yulia Savitri)

Amid the catastrophic impacts of the coronavirus, good news is coming from Indonesian forests. The government’s efforts to reduce deforestation and forest fires have paid off. Indonesia has secured a grant of US$103.8 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for avoiding 20.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from 2014 to 2016. The country has also received a $56 million grant from Norway for reducing deforestation and carbon emissions. Notwithstanding the amount, the grants are proof of the international community’s trust in Indonesia, which has been struggling to protect its remaining forests and the environment amid expansion of the agro-industry sector, such as palm oil. Indonesia has been the world’s largest palm oil producer for more than a decade, but lagged behind in curbing deforestation and forest fires thanks in part to slash and burn practic...