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Petitioning AusAID and 5 others

AusAID Don't Scale Back Forest Protection In Indonesia

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?

Letter to
AusAID
Australian Embassador To Indonesia
Australias Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet
and 3 others
Australian Foregin Minister Bob Carr
AusAID Jakarta
Australias Minister for Environment Tony Burke
I just signed the following petition addressed to: AusAID, Australian Government.

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Don't scale back the Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership Projects

Dear Sir/Madam,

I had high hopes back in 2007 when 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 I am extremely disappointed to learn that that now 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.

I am also extremely disappointed to hear that this very important project may be scaled back.

WHY has progress of this project been so slow?

Instead of scaling back the project, why not work with local NGO's such as
PT. RESTORASI HABITAT ORANGUTAN INDONESIA, And THE ORANGUTAN PROJECT (Australia), who to date have been successful in securing small forest areas (with a very small budget).
Imagine what they could do with the budget AusAID have?

I urge AusAID and The Australian Government to NOT scale back the Indonesian Australian Forest Carbon Partnership project, and instead put pressure on all parties involved to make sure this project is a success and protect Indonesia's forests, in the interest of the many.

Forest Protection projects are important because Indonesia's tropical forests are some of the most biologically diverse and extensive in the world and host around 10 per cent of the worlds plants and mammal species. Deforestation and degradation of these forests result in large emissions of greenhouse gas and are also a significant threat to their rich ecosystems.
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Sincerely,