Friday, June 24, 2011

Norway backs Indonesia's drive to slow deforeststion despite hitches

Norway backed Indonesia’s drive to slow deforestation yesterday under a $1 billion deal with Oslo even though Jakarta said it faced a “maze” of reforms and lacks maps to pin down exact conservation areas.

“Any nation can do more. But they (Indonesia) are doing a lot,” Environment Minister Erik Solheim told Reuters during a conference in Oslo on ways to protect carbon-rich rainforests.

Indonesia agreed a two-year moratorium on clearing rainforests last month, five months later than agreed under a 2010 deal with Norway that foresees $1 billion in aid to protect forests as part of a long-term fight against climate change.

This was after Guyana paved the way through its Low Carbon Development strategy which resulted in a landmark agreement signed between President Bharrat Jagdeo and Norway's Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim on November 9th 2009. It provides that Norway will invest up to $250 million in protecting Guyana's forests to avoid the deforestation that fuels climate change.

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