Friday, June 04, 2010
NORWAY'S ONE BILLION
In May 2010, Indonesia's president Yudhoyono announced a two-year ban on turning virgin forests and peat lands into plantations. (Indonesia announces plan to protect forests, peatlands)
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says Norway will give $1 billion to Indonesia to help with the effort to reduce deforestation.
In Indonesia there has been much deforestation and much destruction of peatlands.
This has meant:
1. The extinction of species
3. Poor people losing their land.
Indonesia burns forests and peatlands to make way for palm oil plantations.
The resulting fires makes Indonesia one of the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases.