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Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer JAKARTA - Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

The report confirms findings published last year by Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics. That study found that emissions from the destruction of the extensive peat bogs alone releases 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year - about ten percent of world greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Every year, hundreds of thousands of hectares of peatlands are drained and cleared for oil palm and timber plantations. Fires in peatlands are very persistent, since they can burn underground for years even after surface fires have died out by monsoon rains.

Until now, Indonesia has had little success in controlling forest fires or deforestation. Corruption and recent decentralization of the government has made land-policy management difficult especially with the interest in oil palm agricultures booming. Last January, Indonesia said that rich countries should help pay for efforts to conserve its tropical forests. "Preserving our forest means we can't exploit it for our economic benefits. We can't build roads or mines," said Rachmat Witoelar, minister of the environment. "But we make an important contribution to the world by providing oxygen. Therefore countries like Indonesia and Brazil should be compensated by developed countries for preserving their resources."



Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Hardly any surprise but doesn't it want to make you cry? There is no moral in this country, corruption and money rules!



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