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If you follow the problems with palm oil and deforestation in Southeast Asia you've no doubt come across Alan Oxley and his shilling for big timber--for which a group of scientists recently chided him, for massive misrepresentation of the facts. Well, now (as Mongabay reports) Indonesia's top climate official has also called out Oxley for misleading the public:In an editorial in the Jakarta Post he wrote,
Oxley's campaign for continuing the unsustainable practice of clear-cutting our remaining primary forest and to fan opposition to the two-year moratorium is no doubt welcomed by the unscrupulous business entities. Oxley claims that the two-year moratorium on clearing primary forest lands is a move against development. In our consultations with the private sector, community groups, NGOs and local governments, no companies have raised objections to the idea of a moratorium.
By this point, anyone not in the pocket of timber or palm oil companies, probably is quite well aware of Oxley's Orwellian press releases, but it's good to read that even Indonesian government officials are starting to call him out--particularly since Indonesia has so much work to do to rein in deforestation and cut greenhouse gas emissions resulting from it.
Indonesia Chooses Central Kalimantan as Deforestation Reduction & Emissions Monitoring Location
The public debunking of Oxley comes at the same time that Indonesia has announced that it has chosen Central Kalimantan province, in Borneo, as a pilot in its $1 billion climate deal with Norway to reduce deforestation and monitor emissions (Reuters). The province has nearly one million hectares of palm oil plantations, some of the largest areas of threatened peat lands (a huge source of carbon emissions when they are cleared of trees), and coal mining.
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