Photo courtesy of Curt Carnemark / World BankIndonesian business leaders have urged the government to clarify guidelines for private sector involvement in REDD+, signaling their readiness to engage in the climate change initiative to protect the nation’s forests and cut carbon emissions.

Speaking at the Forests Indonesia Conference on Tuesday, which drew nearly 1,000 participants from government, civil society and industry, Shinta Kamdani, Vice Chair on Environment and Climate Change at the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), said companies needed to understand how to incorporate REDD+ in their business operations and how they would benefit from the program.

Read more: Indonesian companies seek guidelines to engage in REDD+


he Government of Indonesia and the UN System signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the framework for cooperation with, and support for, the Indonesian national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) programme.

Read more: UN to Support Indonesia’s National REDD+ Programme


For one hour on Thursday, Jakarta found itself in the environmental spotlight of a 24-hour effort to bring attention to the dangers posed by global climate change. 

Dubbed “24 Hours of Reality,” at 7 p.m. in every time zone across the globe, one presenter in cities from New Delhi to New York to Cape Verde spoke to attendees and was beamed around the world live via the Web site of the Climate Reality Project, the group organizing the event. 

Read more: Jakarta Gets Climate Reality Check


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