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Indonesia to launch REDD+ agency to tackle deforestation via @mongabay

Ministry of Forestry continues to undermine Indonesia's REDD program, finds Reuters (08/17/2011) Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry is continuing to undermine the country's ambitious forest protection program in favor of industrial forestry interests, reports Reuters. Palm oil, paper drive large-scale destruction of Indonesia's forests, but account for diminishing role in economy, says report (07/27/2011) Indonesia's forests were cleared at a rate of 1.5 million hectares per year between 2000 and 2009, reports a new satellite-based assessment by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), an NGO. Expansion of oil palm and wood-pulp plantations were the biggest drivers of deforestation, yet account for a declining share of the national economy. The study, which compared year 2000 data with 2009 Landsat images from NASA, found that Indonesia's forest cover declined from 103.32 million hecta...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0913-redd-plus_agency.html

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