REDD to Offer No Net Emission Reductions in Indonesia - Too Many Forested Areas Omitted by Government

indonesia deforestation photo
Another interesting twist in the ongoing saga of Indonesia's greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and how to slow them: As Mongabay reports, a new report by the World Agroforestry Centre shows that because so many of the nation's emissions from deforestation actually occur outside of places officially designated as forests, the UN REDD program may actual reduce emissions in country far less than intended.

The report finds that up to 600 million tons of emissions are not accounted for by the REDD forest protection scheme due to occurring outside of "institutionally defined forests"--in other words in forests and other lands that Indonesia doesn't consider forests but are.The bottom line of the report is this:

If carbon emissions from outside the institutional forests are accounted for, it becomes clear that there are no net emission reductions in Indonesia.

Indonesia's Forests Totally Cleared by 2063
Furthermore, due deforestation leakage--continued tree felling displaced from protected ares--occurring in these forests-but-not-officially-forests, these lands could be cleared by 2032. In total, business as usual forest clearing in Indonesia will result in no forest remaining by 2063.

deforestation in borneo map

Forest clearing in both Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo, image: World Resources Institute.

Read the original: Reducing emissions from deforestation, inside and outside the 'forest' [PDF]

via: Mongabay
lead photo: Wakx via flickr
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