14 Apr '11, 4am

YES! Indonesia can meet low carbon goals without sacrificing economic growth, says UK report via @mongabay #REDD

Indonesia can meet low carbon goals without sacrificing economic growth, says UK report mongabay.com April 14, 2011 Indonesia can meet its low carbon development goals without sacrificing economic growth, reports an assessment commissioned by the British government. The research, authored by Dominic Elson, finds that while costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) could amount to two percent of annual GDP by 2030, the benefits of shifting to a greener growth model would more than outweigh the outlays. Gains would come from reduced severity and impact of natural disasters, avoided air pollution and degradation of ecosystem services, and improved productivity—especially on degraded, non-forest land. "Indonesia still has a substantial forest estate and extensive peatlands," writes Elson. "Sensible management of these landscapes in the context of gl...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0414-elson_indonesia.html

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