10 BILLION TREES

Before I explain how to plant 10 billion trees in Indonesia lets stand still and think about the reason why.

Quote: Deforestation is one of the greatest environmental and business challenges of our time because it contributes so much to the rising greenhouse gases shown to contribute to climate change.

This quote often appears in the media. The quote should be; Forestation is one of the greatest environmental and business challenges of our time because it contributes so much by removing greenhouse gases shown to contribute to climate change.

Because we are listening to the wrong quote, we take the wrong action.

The key, of course, is to balance the environmental challenges with economic demands, and Indonesia, with is the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is defying the economic malaise affecting much of the world by growing at an annual rate of about 6%. The deforestation challenges in Indonesia are similar to those in other parts of the world – weak regulatory regimens, lack of international assistance and commercial pressures. There is hardly any international assistance and the commercial pressure is more focused on palm-oil than on planting trees.

The Indonesian government has begun to tackle the conflicting regulations that have hobbled land use management. One notable recent accomplishment was a set of new rules introducing a national Timber Legality Verification System to assure other countries that Indonesia’s own laws are being followed, and that timber and other forestry products leaving the country are certified as legal and traceable to their points of origin.

The Indonesian government is doing well to reduce the amount of deforestation, Remember Indonesia is a democratic country with many parties with different interest, it’s not easy to change or take the rights given in the past to a person or company.

If the world wants to make a different, the world should focus towards forestation instead of complaining about the opposite.

Helping Indonesia to replant 14 million hectare of low-carbon land is not much to ask for.


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