Saturday, 6 June 2009

Kaban calls for workable mechanism of REDD

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post , Nusa Dua, Bali | Thu, 05/28/2009

Indonesian Forestry Minister MS Kaban warned that the now debated carbon mechanism should be workable for forest countries avoiding complicated system as made in Kyoto Protocol.

He said that all parties debating on the Reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) should learn from the failure of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for forestry sector.

"I hope that REDD would in the end come differently as a successful mechanism, and help show that forest offers solution to the climate change, rather than being source of problem," he told international forest meeting on illegal logging and REDD in Bali on Thursday.

"We need a workable mechanism that can help developing countries and help livelihood of billions of people living on margin of forest."

Currently, the Kyoto Protocol requires only the aforestation and reforestation projects that would be eligible for financial incentives from the carbon market from forestry sector.

Indonesia, the world's third forest largest country with 120 million hectares of rainforest, has no the CDM projects on forestry sector.

The government has repeatedly criticized complicated systems of CDM on forestry sector.

World countries are to meet in Copenhagen climate change conference in December to agree the REDD mechanism.

Personal note: Here they go again, telling people what they want to hear. Minister Kaban is a BIG part of the problem.