REDD+ realization needs transparent evaluation

Wed, May 28 2014

Sampit, C Kalimantan (ANTARA News) – The realization of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus) in Central Kalimantan province should be evaluated transparently to observe the impacts, noted a local legislator.

“There should be an evaluation of the ongoing REDD+ activities, so that every stakeholder is able to receive comprehensive information. I welcome a plan to hold a meeting between the local legislators and the REDD+ executors,” Heru Hidayat, a Central Kalimantan lawmaker, stated here on Wednesday.

Central Kalimantan has been developed as a pilot project of REDD+ since December 2010, but its implementation has been engulfed in controversy.

Hidayat noted that the project should be beneficial for the local community and improve their welfare sustainably.

The project, which involves the local government and community, should be implemented in an effective, efficient, fair, transparent, and integrated manner, the politician from the Justice and Prosperous Party, added.

In May 2010, the Indonesian government established the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) task force, to implement its commitment to greenhouse gas emission reduction by 26 percent of business-as-usual levels by 2020, or 41 percent with international support.

Welcoming the commitment, the Government of Norway signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Indonesia on May 26, 2010, and pledged to offer assistance worth US$1 billion for the implementation of REDD.

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