It was a trailblazing 'showcase' deal in global climate negotiations: Norway agreed to send $1 billion to Indonesia, if the nation would put a moratorium on logging its natural forests and peat lands, and replant degraded areas. Indonesia accepted, and the details were to be finalized at the upcoming climate summit in Cancun. There's just one small problem.
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Will Indonesia Collect a Cool Billion to Chop Down Trees?
Indonesian politicians and major timber and palm oil companies appear to be gaming the agreement. It looks like they plan on declaring millions of hectares of perfectly good forest 'degraded' so they can cut it down and replant it to harvest palm oil -- and still collect the cool billion.
Peat forest leveled for palm oil in Riau, Indonesia. Photo: Wakx, Flickr, CC