Indonesia: One Nation, Many Maps in Endless REDD Fumbling

16 June 2014

Jakarta. Development of a centralized forestry map for Indonesia is barely progressing as conflicting land claims and usage data cause problems between communities and businesses, stalling the country’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Disparate maps used by different ministries and levels of government have made data on forest cover unreliable in a country where more than two thirds of land is purportedly forested.

The discrepancies have led to scores of overlapping land claims and made progress all but impossible for agencies working towards Indonesia’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) commitments.

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