New Report Calculates Cost of International Climate Aid to Indonesian Economy and Jobs

NGO World Growth finds climate aid programs could cost Indonesia 3.5 million jobs annually

Research reveals forest emissions significantly overstated

JAKARTA – A new report released today in Jakarta concludes that international climate aid programs underway in Indonesia today intended to limit expansion of forest-related industries could cost the Indonesian economy 3.5 million jobs annually, reducing export revenues and hampering sustainable development initiatives according to NGO World Growth. Continue reading

Trade NGO: Green Protectionism in Timber and Paper Industry Threatens Trade War with China

Brussels and Washington Should Think Twice Before Acting

JAKARTA – As the European Union considers trade measures to limit paper imports from China, the motives behind this effort are now clear – a global campaign against forest industries in Asia – cloaked with Green rhetoric to save the forests – to shore up uncompetitive pulp and paper producers in Europe and the U.S.  The campaign to get the EU to limit paper imports from China based on weak claims that China subsidizes pulp and paper industries, has taken the EU to the verge of trade war with China.  Beijing has warned EU member states China will retaliate and limit subsidized exports if the European Commission penalizes Chinese imports, warned Alan Oxley, a global trade expert, Chairman of World Growth and former Chairman of the GATT, predecessor to the WTO: Continue reading

Can Green Program Donors Ignore All They Have Learned?

Alan Oxley, Jakarta Post

There is a tussle among government agencies in Jakarta over how Indonesia’s move to a climate-friendly, low carbon economy is to be achieved.

Environmentalists will tell you the best plan will be the one that greens Indonesia. Continue reading

How REDD Will Impoverish the Developing World and Reduce Biodiversity; An Indonesian Case Study

March 2011 – A Study by World Growth

A number of developing countries have committed to reduce greenhouse gases and to participate in international REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programs to cease deforestation and reshape their economies as “low carbon” economies. Environmental nongovernment organisations (NGOs) and Western donors argue this will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect biodiversity. The REDD programs will have the opposite effect. It will impoverish those economies. Continue reading

Palm Oil – The Green Development Oil Newsletter – Issue 12, March 2011

Wetlands International Report: Missing the Forests for the Trees
Wetlands International has released a report by SarVision which it claims that more than one third of Sarawak’s peat swamp forests and 10 percent of the state’s rainforests were cleared between 2005 and 2010, primarily for oil palm plantations. This is a “so what” number. Sarawak represents only 35 percent of Malaysia’s total land mass, use of which is bound by a long standing Government commitment to retain 50 percent as forest. Continue reading