27 Mar '12, 6am

Australia-led peat conversation project in Borneo failing to deliver on hype

Australia-led peat conversation project in Borneo failing to deliver on hype mongabay.com March 27, 2012 Peatlands destruction in Central Kalimantan. A $100 million peat conservation project launched in the heart of Indonesian Borneo by the Australian government has been dramatically scaled back and is largely failing to meet expectations, hampering efforts to develop an effective Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) program in Indonesia, concludes a new analysis published by researchers at Australian National University. Launched in 2007 to much fanfare, the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP) aimed to protect 70,000 hectares of peat forests, re-flood 200,000 hectares of drained peat swamp, and plant 100 million trees in Central Kalimantan Province. Project organizers said the initiative would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0327-kfcp_australia.html

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