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Indonesia counters climate change, carbon emissions

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (KUNA) -- Indonesia entered a new phase in countering climate change and limiting carbon emissions after the authorities approved a new approach to improve the conditions of forests and lands, known as the "project of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)".
The head of the project said, in press remarks Monday, that this project does not only aim to finance investors, but is also preparing the government to discover opportunities for improving the management of forests out of commitment to protecting the environment and commercial growth.
Indonesia has the world's third largest forestland, which emits 60 percent of the country's overall greenhouse gasses.
This project has a sustainable strategy, supported by a team of officials from various ministries, institutions, and international organizations interested in environment preservation.
This project made a number of achievements last year including extinguishing forest fires, and improving management of forests.
The local authorities are exerting all possible efforts to counter climate change with the unique and strategic geographical location of the country in southeast Asia in mind.
The Indonesian authorities also established communities to support the nations of the region in decreasing the carbon emissions through the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The project of decreasing the carbon emissions comes in harmony with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang's pledge at the G-20 summit in 2009 to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent.
REDD is a set of steps designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. Its original objective is to reduce green house gases but it is claimed that it can deliver "co-benefits" such as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. (end) aab.lb KUNA 201303 Feb 12NNNN