20 May '11, 3pm

On Our Radar: Indonesia Signs Deal to Protect Virgin Forests: Exceptions will be made for development considered...

Reuters Residential development near a forest in South Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Indonesia’s president signs a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in the island nation’s still-prolific virgin forests, part of a $1 billion climate change deal with Norway intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation. Under the deal, more than 150 million acres of primary forest are expected to be protected. Indonesia “will not return to the past of unsustainable development practices,” a top environment adviser says. [The Jakarta Post] Environmental groups, however, decry “gaping loopholes” in the moratorium, which they contend leave open the door to further destruction of wildlife-rich forests. The deal, subject to vigorous lobbying by palm oil, pulp and paper manufacturers, will not apply to extensions for existing permits, or to permits that had been provis...

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