Source : Antara – Oktober 29, 2011
By Priyambodo RH
Former British prime minister Tony Blair visited Central Kalimantan to demonstrate his support for a REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus) project in the region. His visit in Central Kalimantan had to do with the environment and a REDD Plus program which was now in the world`s spotlight, Blair said when meeting Central Kalimantan Governor Agustin Teras Narang here on Thursday.
Governor Narang said the visit of the former British prime minister in Central Kalimantan was to observe the conditions of the environment in the province which was now a focus of the world`s attention. “At our meeting, the former British prime minister, Tony Blair, asked a lot of questions on the REDD Plus program in Central Kalimantan, and on the challenges being faced by Central Kalimantan in implementing the program,” he said. “I told him that so far we have not met any obstacle in implementing the REDD Plus program, including in communication,” the governor said.
According to the governor, Tony Blair promised to help Central Kalimantan in developing its human resources, government administration capabilities and creating a data base. Tony Blair on the occasion suggested that provincial authorities always communicate with the central government in implementing the REDD Plus program. The REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus) is a global mechanism to reduce emission and deforestation as well as forest degradation. Under the REDD+ mechanism, it had also been agreed globally to boost conservation and sustainable forest management as well as to icnrease the world`s forest carbon reserves. (Uu.F001/HAJM)