Australia and Indonesia Announce Plans to Save Sumatra’s Forests
Sumatra: A large, Indonesian island that is home to over 200 mammal and nearly 600 bird species, including critically endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger, rhino, and orangutan. It’s also the target of a new environmental initiative launched by Australia and Indonesia.
Yesterday, those 2 nations announced a multi-million dollar plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation on Sumatra. Named the Sumatra Forest Carbon Partnership, immediate action will be taken against threats to forests in Jambi province.
According to Neil Scotland, coordinator of the Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership:
“The partnership in Jambi is a demonstration activity, which is a pilot project to show how you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in practice.” … “The first demonstration activity already takes place in Central Kalimantan (Borneo).”
Indonesia plans to reduce their emissions by 26%, by 2020. However, given that they are one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gases—due to all the rapid deforestation that takes place—such emission targets may be a bit difficult to achieve. To find out more about Sumatra’s forests and how you can help, check out WWF’s site, SaveSumatra.org.
By Heidi Marshall