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Originally published in The Jakarta Post, Opinion,
Fitrian Ardiansyah, Canberra ACT | Mon, 13 June 2011. 6:44 PM
This year’s World Environment Day, which sports the theme “Forests: Nature at your service” is likely to be celebrated in a more “colorful” way in Indonesia.
This may be due to the fact that in the last two weeks prior to June 5, three influential policies were issued by the government. These were two presidential decrees concerning forests and the most recent economic development master plan.
If not properly guided, managed and implemented, these three policies have the potential to be contradictory and hence could ruin a significant chance for Indonesia to sustainably manage its remaining valuable forests. Read more »
Originally published on January 27th, 2011
Published on East Asia Forum, Author: Fitrian Ardiansyah, WWF & ANU
As a country with one of the largest areas of rainforest in the world, it is not surprising that Indonesia is also considered a pioneer in the development of REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).
In early 2007, the Ministry of Forestry (MoF) formed the Indonesia Forest Climate Alliance (IFCA) with the help of various government departments, donor agencies, research institutions and NGOs to initiate the development of REDD+ policies. Later that year, IFCA managed to outline key elements of REDD+, including methodologies, land-use policies, institutional arrangement and benefit distribution mechanisms. Read more »
One of the biggest issues in Cambodia is lacking access to education especially youth in the rural area. We have been working to mobilize the youth to work as group together with elders in their community to address their issues as land, housing and access to natural resources. The current program is educating youth and mobilizing them to clean their communities especificaly waste and water.
I recommend this article which touches on the challenge of balancing economic development with the environment in Brazil.
The New York Times today has a well-written article about the drastic measures the Chinese government is taking to relieve chronic water shortages in northern China (including Beijing). In a $62 billion project that will displace an estimated 350,000 people, China plans to divert several trillion gallons of water each year from the Yangtze to the Yellow River. The project has broad implications for the environment as well as public health, from threats to ecosystems to further challenges in accessing safe drinking water. I encourage you to read the article in full on the New York Times website (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/world/asia/02water.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all) and to view the accompanying video (http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/06/01/world/asia/100000000721114/sou...).