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Papua to protect forests, seeks cash NUSA DUA - Papua want to preserve parts of its rain forest in exchange for help in cash money to help slow down global warming. These were the words of the governor at the U.N. climate talks. "We have decided to set aside a large part of our conversion forests to save the planet," said governor Barnabas Suebu during climate talks in Bali. Currently conversion forests are marked to be used as palm oil or pulp plantations.

Deforestation causes about 20 percent of all man-made carbon emissions, which is blamed for global warming. Trees soak up carbon when they grow and release it when they rot or burn. Stopping or slowing down the destruction is widely seen as a crucial part of any new climate agreement which is to follow the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. Suebu said that the remote and forest-rich province is offering to preserve seven million hectares - which is almost the size of the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.In return, Papua hopes to bring in millions of dollars in carbon trading.

Delegates at the U.N. climate talks on the resort island of Bali are aiming to launch talks to work out a new pact by 2009 to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which runs to 2012. The United Nations hopes the two-week conference will agree to study schemes to curb emissions by slowing deforestation and bind it into an emissions trading scheme. Suebu said his scheme could help boost development in the area, where more than 80 percent of about 500,000 households live in poverty. But he said the world needs to create ways to ensure money goes to the forest-dependent people of Papua. "The Papuan people own the forests. The money should go to them," he said.


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