On 26 May 2010, the Indonesian government signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Norwegian government in Oslo, whereby Indonesia promised to reduce emission from deforestation and degradation (REDD), and Norway will pay a compensation of US$ One Billion in return.
For this purpose, the Indonesian government shall impose a Forestry Moratorium i.e. stop deforestration for a two years period starting 1 Januari 2011.
But unfortunately, until today, 18 January, the government still has not made any decision to stop deforestation in Indonesia.
I wonder whether the government delayed the moratorium because of the strong protests made by forests based businessmen and politicians who said that the compensation offered by Norway is too small compared to tax money that the government would collect from palm plantation and forestry industries.
I really hope that the government would stick to the commitment stated in the LoI, not just because of the US$ One Billion compensation but most of all because it will save our forest from destruction at least for the next two years.
- Menhut tegaskan LoI Indonesia-Norwegia Lindungi Hutan (HukumOnline)
- LoI Moratorium Hutan Jangan Ditanggapi (Kompas)
- Kompensasi Moratorium Hutan Indonesia Dinilai Terlalu Kecil (WWF)