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Indonesia Candidate to Receive Forestry Aid From Norway, Germany PDF Print E-mail

June 22, 2011 The Jakartaglobe

Indonesia is a candidate for a share of $90 million in aid from Norway and Germany for World Bank programs to help slow tropical deforestation that is blamed for stoking climate change.

Norway, the top donor to protecting tropical forests that absorb heat-trapping carbon dioxide as they grow, on Tuesday said it would give $50 million to a World Bank Carbon Fund as part of a Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, while Germany said it would add 30 million euros ($43 million) to past donations.

The Thinker: The Trap of Idealism PDF Print E-mail

Agus Purnomo | June 07, 2011, The Jakarta Globe

It has been nearly three weeks since President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed a landmark presidential instruction binding Indonesia to a two-year moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for the conversion of primary forest and peatland.

Indonesia's moratorium disappoints environmentalists PDF Print E-mail

Rhett A. Butler,
May 20, 2011

The moratorium on permits for new concessions in primary rainforests and peatlands will have a limited impact in reducing deforestation in Indonesia, say environmentalists who have reviewed the instruction released today by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The moratorium, which took effect January 1, 2011, but had yet to be defined until today's presidential decree, aims to slow Indonesia's deforestation rate, which is among the highest in the world. Indonesia agreed to establish the moratorium as part of its reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) agreement with Norway. Under the pact, Norway will provide up to a billion dollars in funds contingent on Indonesia's success in curtailing destruction of carbon-dense forests and peatlands.

Environment Day: A good day for RI’s forests? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:05

Fitrian Ardiansyah, Canberra ACT | Mon, 06/13/2011 6:44 PM The Jakarta Post

This year’s World Environment Day, which sports the theme “Forests: Nature at your service” is likely to be celebrated in a more “colorful” way in Indonesia.

This may be due to the fact that in the last two weeks prior to June 5, three influential policies were issued by the government. These were two presidential decrees concerning forests and the most recent economic development master plan.

Peatland-Clearing Ban May Ease Haze Woes PDF Print E-mail

Zubaidah Nazeer – Strait Times Indonesia | May 25, 2011

Cut logs being gathered from a peatland forest in a picture from a Greenpeace aerial survey mission over Sumatra last year. Some environmentalists say the moratorium is an 'anti-climax' and want it to cover existing concessions in forest areas. (AFP Photo)

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