Biofuel Cooperation Discussed Between Indonesia, Brazil


Indonesian deforestation with fires in the distance, photo by Billy via flickr

Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, and Brazil , one of the most successful places where ethanol has been produced from sugarcane, have agreed to cooperate on sharing biofuel production knowledge.

Quoted at ENN, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono indicated that Indonesia could learn from the research and development of Brazil's experience with ethanol. Few Specific Details, But Rich Countries Should Pay Poor For Land Preservation
Few specific details of what form this announced cooperation will take were reported, but both nations expressed the sentiment that richer nations should pay poorer nations to preserve their forests, which in both countries are increasingly put at risk as more land is converted to agricultural purposes.

Brazil's president Lula, "No one wants to preserve our forests more than we ourselves, but the most polluting countries they must start to discuss more seriously how to cut greenhouse gas emissions."

Preservation, Climate Change Prevention Requires North-South Cooperation
Fair enough. I'm not entirely opposed to the idea that richer countries should pay for forest preservation in the tropics, and am certainly for a more serious discussion on how the developed world can cut greenhouse gas emissions (it's sort of an unstated pre-qualifying question to get this job). However, it equally has to be recognized that without effective domestic enforcement mechanisms to prevent illegal logging, land cultivation and settlement in any proposed protected area, then efforts to pay developing nations to preserve forest will be compromised. For this approach to work it must be a two way partnership, with significant efforts by both rich and poor nations to do the environmentally right thing.

via :: ENN
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