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Financing Emissions Battle Beyond the Multilateral Maze PDF Print E-mail

Agus Purnomo | March 24, 2011 The Jakarta Globe

Existing mechanisms of financing to mitigate climate change are inadequate to provide support for our vibrant national plans to reduce carbon emissions.

As we look to the future, we need to learn from the past experiences on climate change financing and overseas development aid practices. In Indonesia, we are searching for a finance mechanism custom-tailored to the country — one that uses the existing legal system while delivering support in the most efficient and rapid way to activities on the ground.

Poverty fuels Kalimantan timber smuggling PDF Print E-mail

Omar Pidani, Jakarta | Fri, 04/01/2011 8:11 AM | Opinion

Timber smuggling from Indonesian forests along the Kalimantan-Malaysia border has long become a “pain in the neck” for the country. Every year, approximately 2-4 million cubic meters of logs are transported from several locations in Indonesia to fulfill demand in Malaysia, mainly from wood processing industries.

It has been suggested that the amount has been decreasing gradually, yet it certainly is difficult to provide accurate estimates due to poor data handling.

SBY vows to protect palm oil interests PDF Print E-mail

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post | Sat, 03/26/2011 11:08 PM | National

While preparing to enforce a moratorium on forest-clearing, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said palm oil plantation firms could venture into deforested lands to expand their businesses.

The President made the statement during a meeting on Thursday with business leaders from the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) to discuss issues surrounding the forest-clearing moratorium.

Govt to Issue Long Overdue Forests Decree PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:40

Camelia Pasandaran & Fidelis E. Satriastanti | March 25, 2011 The Jakarta Globe

Amuch delayed presidential decree to enforce a moratorium on new forest concessions will be issued next month, an official said on Thursday.

The two-year moratorium on granting concessions in peatland and primary forests is part of a bilateral agreement with Norway, in exchange for which Indonesia will receive $1 billion in funding for Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-plus) activities.

Zulkifli Dahlan: Bamboo comes to the rescue PDF Print E-mail

Khairul Saleh, The Jakarta Post, Palembang | Tue, 03/22/2011 7:15 PM | People 

P/Khairul SalehWhen people become aware of a looming crisis, they generally try to help avert it in any way they can.

So when Zulkifli Dahlan, a 53-year-old environmental biologist, realized how much of Indonesia’s land was damaged by illegal logging, mining and land conversion, he devoted his life to researching how bamboo might help slow down the wide-scale destruction of his country’s precious land, particularly in South Sumatra.

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