Rangers must be compensated by global community: Governor
There is supposed to be compensation for taking care of these forests, which could be used to empower the communities that live near the forests.
Padang, West Sumatra (ANTARA) – Areas that support forests, or the lungs of the planet, need to be compensated by the global community, especially those industry-based ones that no longer have forests, the governor said from West Sumatra, Mahyeldi.
“We have to take care of the forests. But, on the other hand, the communities that reside near the forests live in poverty. There is supposed to be compensation for taking care of these forests, which could be used to empower the communities who live near the forest,” he said, according to a statement released in Padang on Friday.
He made the remarks during a coordination meeting with the Governors of Sumatra in Pekanbaru, Riau, Wednesday, June 30, 2022.
Forests, especially protective forests, function as the lungs of the planet, he said. The world needs it to reduce the greenhouse effect. However, other countries do not want to pay compensation for this installation.
In some cases, forests have hindered regional development, he pointed out. So many plans to improve the regional economy through road paving could not be implemented because some of them involved encroaching on protection forests.
Mahyeldi saw carbon trading as a fair solution for both parties – a country that maintains forests and an industrialized country that has none.
“It’s fair trade,” he remarked.
In addition, Presidential Regulation Number 98 of 2021 on the economic value of carbon to achieve the national goal of contributions and control of greenhouse gas emissions in national development has been issued, he said.
He said he expects the settlement to serve as a basis for Indonesia to seek compensation from other countries for the forests it maintains.
Riau Governor Syamsuar, who hosted the meeting, said the suggestion would be listed and recommended to the central government.
“So many suggestions from the governors of Sumatra. These would serve as recommendations to the central government,” he remarked.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Interior, Jhon Wempi Watipo; expert staff from the Ministry of National Development Planning, Oktorialdi; and the Director General of Infrastructure Finance at the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, Herry Trisaputra Zuna.
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