How Norway and the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate threaten peatland and forest in Papua

Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) threatens peatland and forest in PapuaA new report by Greenomics Indonesia documents how the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate threatens peatland and forest in Papua province, Indonesia. The moratorium on new forest concessions, part of the US$1 billion Indonesia-Norway REDD deal has no effect whatsoever in limiting the destruction.

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Mining for REDD in Indonesia (with a little help from Norway)

Mining for REDD in Indonesia (with a little help from Norway)The mining industry has obvious reasons for being interested in REDD. The industry is responsible for vast greenhouse gas emissions. While the obvious way of reducing emissions is to reduce the amount of fossil fuels mined (an option that is never on the agenda at UN climate meetings), a more profitable option is to continue mining and “offset” the emissions by buying carbon credits.

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On the eve of the logging moratorium, Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry issued almost three million hectares of concessions

On the eve of the logging moratorium, Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry issued almost three million hectares of concessionsZulkifli Hasan, Indonesia’s Minister of Forestry, recently issued almost three million hectares of new plantation concessions to 44 firms. There’s nothing surprising about that. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, largely due to oil palm and fast-growing pulpwood plantations. What is perhaps surprising is the timing.

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