Indonesia Wants to do Something More About Deforestation
During the COP-15 event, along with the “accord”, 6 nations also pledged a total of 3.5 billion dollars towards helping developing nations fight the ongoing deforestation problem—a main cause of global warming. One key nation fighting the deforestation issue would be Indonesia—the world’s 3rd largest carbon emitter, thanks to the destruction of their forests.
The good news is, Indonesia plans to protect at least 3,000 square miles (800,000 hectares) of Borneo’s Berau forest by 2015. Wandojo Siswanto, who is responsible for dealing with Indonesia’s forest issues, remarked that there was an agreement on deforestation at COP-15, but it lacked details:
“We were not far away from each other. We were already there, but we didn’t want to push more, otherwise it would break.” … “Many people would just say: ‘Okay, there’s the money.’ But we don’t know how to access it or how to distribute it.”
Siswanto and Basah Hernowo (one of Indonesia’s senior officials in the forestry ministry) are in Washington this week, holding talks that will hopefully expand the previously discussed deforestation plan.
By Heidi Marshall