Back in 2007 The Australian Government announced the Indonesia–Australia Forest Carbon Partnership (IAFCP) via AusAID with a project to re-flood 200,000 hectares of dried peatland, protect 70,000 hectares of peat forests, and plant 100 million trees in Central Kalimantan.
But now in 2012 only just over 10 per cent - or 25,000 hectares - of the original 200,000 hectares of peatland is expected to be re-flooded. And to date only 50,000 trees have been replanted, well short of the 100 million target first touted.
This project is facing the possitibility of being scaled back, or in fact failing to succeed in meeting the original target.
This is NOT good enough.
If small NGO's can succeed in protecting small forest areas in Indonesia with a very small limited budget, then how can AusAID fail or consider scaling back a forest protection project with it;s multi million dollar budget?