Sunday, November 28, 2010

Scientists urge Indonesia to value secondary forest; RSPO resolution



1.  Scientists call upon Indonesia to recognize value of secondary forests
mongabay.com
November 18, 2010

A group of scientists have called upon the governments of Indonesia and Norway to recognize the conservation value of logged-over and "degraded" forests under their partnership on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation.

The letter urges the Indonesian government to extend protection to forest areas that may not be pristine but still serve as important carbon sinks, house endangered wildlife, and provide livelihoods for communities.

The scientists note that while the original letter of intent that spelled out the terms of the partnership between Indonesia and Norway mentioned conservation of "natural forests", subsequent statements from ministers have at times only referred to "primary forests". Some fear the posturing is an attempt to backslide on the agreement, allowing industrial interests to convert selectively logged forests, which account for the bulk of Indonesia's remaining forest and often contain 70-80 percent of the biodiversity found in untouched forest, to timber and pulp and paper plantations.

Read more: http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1118-letter_norway_indonesia.html


2. 
RSPO to recognize secondary forests as conservation priority
mongabay.com
November 12, 2010

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a body that sets environmental standards for palm oil production, has passed a resolution to reconfirm that secondary and degraded forests can classified as High Conservation Value (HCV) areas. The designation could increase the area of forest conserved within oil palm plantations provided it has high conservation significance, such as serving as habitat for endangered species like orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and rhinos.

The measure, put forth by the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), was passed on the final day of the RSPO's annual meeting.

Read more: http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1112-rspo_secondary_forest.html


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