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July 02, 2010

Worry Over Production Forest Clause


The Indonesian Forest Concessionaires Association said on Friday that the possible inclusion of production forest areas in the planned two-year logging moratorium could threaten local industries by drastically reducing timber supply.

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June 27, 2010

Forestry education is out of fashion

The past few decades have witnessed the increasing importance of forest resources for humankind.

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Indonesia - Norway REDD+: A giant step for mankind

Since its announcement of the two-year moratorium on the conservation of natural forests in the recent forest and climate summit in Oslo, the eyes of the world are on Indonesia.

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The Norway-Indonesian REDD+ partnership FAQ

Since the new partnership on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation between Norway and Indonesia was signed last Thursday, the Royal Norwegian Embassy has received a number of questions on how the partnership will work and why Norway chose to work with Indonesia.

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The Norway - Indonesian REDD deal - an insight

The governments of Indonesia and Norway signed recently a US$1 billion partnership to cut Indonesian emissions from deforestation and forest degradation to resist climate change.

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Government identifies pilot projects for RI, Norway deal

The government says it has identified four forests to host potential pilot projects as part of a billion-dollar agreement signed by Indonesia and Norway to protect the country's natural forests and peatlands.

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25 May 2010

World Bank Approves First Climate Change Development Policy Loan


25 May 2010: The World Bank approved its first development policy loan dedicated to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in Indonesia.

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Govt to remove tax on log products: forestry minister

Forestry Ministry Zulkifli Hasan said the Finance Ministry had agreed to proposals to remove value-added tax (VAT) imposed on log products.

He claimed former finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati had signed a proposal to cancel the tax when she was in the office.

“[Mulyani] agreed to cancel VAT for log products. The regulation will take effect this month. This is good as it will not burden industries because raw materials were not supposed to be taxed,” he said Sunday.

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May 31, 2010

Shock and Uncertainty Over Forest-Clearing Moratorium

Business leaders and even top government officials have been left surprised by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s announcement last week that the country would impose a two-year moratorium on the clearing of natural forests.

Meanwhile, the government added on Monday that even some existing licenses held by palm oil and timber firms would be revoked as part of the moratorium.

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Friday 21 May 2010

HSBC climate change fund linked to deforestation

Campaign group asks HSBC to close investment fund loophole in bank's forest ethics policy.


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by Dr. Radut