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RI wants ASEAN to adopt Copenhagen Accord

Indonesia will lobby other Southeast Asian countries to adopt the Copenhagen Accord at the upcoming ASEAN meeting in Vietnam, as only Jakarta and Singapore have done so, a source said. The 10 members of ASEAN will convene from April 8 to April 9 in Hanoi, during which officials said the group would issue a joint statement to respond to the Copenhagen Accord initiative.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told The Jakarta Post that senior officials would run a series of meetings ahead of the summit to prepare a text of joint statements, among others on climate change.

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Ecuador’s President threatens to allow Yasuni rainforest to be destroyed by oil companies

In 2007, Ecuador surprised the world with a unique proposal: The government declared that 850 million gallons of heavy oil, found beneath the rainforest, should not be exploited and sold. In exchange, the country requires financial support from the international community. Many governments and organizations around the world have already promised funds.

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UN report paints grim picture of conditions of world’s indigenous peoples

The world’s 370 million indigenous peoples suffer from disproportionately, often exponentially, higher rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses, the first ever United Nations study on the issue reported today, stressing that self-determination and land rights are vital for their survival.

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Indonesia Trust Fund to Tackle Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia is set to establish a new trust fund to reduce the rapid rate of deforestation in the country. The National Forest Trust Fund will collect money from donor countries, especially developed ones, to finance conservation projects and promote sustainable forest management. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, losing almost two million hectares of forest every year.

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The UN-REDD Programme welcomes five new countries

Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka join the UN-REDD Programme, Denmark becomes a new donor and Panama gets approval of its UN-REDD national programme. The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board welcomed five new countries. Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka are the first to officially request to participate in the UN-REDD Programme,

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