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Making forests pay in a warming world

Dec 2010 03
Deep in the flooded jungles of southern Borneo, muddy peat oozes underfoot like jello, threatening to consume anyone who tries to walk even a few yards into the thick, steaming forest. Hard to imagine this brown, gooey stuff could become a new global currency worth billions a year, much less an important tool in the fight against climate change.

How to make communities see green over REDD?

Dec 2010 01
Forests are the lifeblood for millions of people around the world. Murniah, a 40-year-old mother of one in Mentaya Seberang village in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan Province, knows this only too well. Large areas to the west of her village on the Mentaya river have been converted to palm oil. Good for a short-term boost in incomes.


Nov 2010 30
Rainforests cover 60 percent of Indonesia, and yet the country is one of the world's leading emitters of the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming. The reason is that Indonesia also has one of the planet's fastest rates of deforestation. As the trees are felled, the carbon stored in them is released and warms the atmosphere.

Making REDD work for illegal loggers

Nov 2010 25
It took just 30 seconds to fell the tree. Hendri, 27, a skinny Indonesian from Central Kalimantan on Borneo island, skilfully wielded the chainsaw more than half his height. The result is a thunderous crash and a tree that is quickly cut into planks on the forest floor near by.

Cash for carbon

Oct 2010 27
This edition of Al Jazeera 101 East looks into whether carbon trading can slow down global warming. Part of the coverage includes the Katingan Project.

New Age Timber Tycoons

Oct 2010 01
Harvesting the forests has enriched many. Two entrepreneurs are try ing the opposite, aiming to make millions selling carbon credits for not cutting down the trees.

Baseline Biodiversity and Ape Population Assessment and Preliminary Monitoring Protocol in the Katingan Peat Swamp, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Apr 2010 30
Report by the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) to help satisfy the checkpoints related to biodiversity and facilitate the acquisition of Approved/Gold Standard status for the proposed Forest Carbon Project in Katingan Regency. This report provide the necessary information to satisfy the biodiversity sections of CCBA application.

Borneo project aims to save forest, boost livelihoods

Jan 2010 11
SINGAPORE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - An Indonesian firm hopes to save an area three times the size of Singapore from logging, by enticing locals to protect the forest while potentially earning itself millions from selling carbon credits.

Conservation and Carbon in Borneo’s Heart and Ours

Nov 2009 03
Science, Economics, and REDD: Struggling for Balance - The Katingan Project aims to create a forest-based carbon containment facility defined and guided by REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Destruction in the developing world) principles and methodology.

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