The latest study from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Indonesia found that the local administration in Aceh is the worst performer when it comes to protecting the country’s remaining forests.
Of the country’s top 10 provinces with the largest forest area Aceh scored the lowest on the UNDP’s forest government index.
The index measures the performance of each local administration in its spatial planning, forest regulation and protection, and its participation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Under the REDD+ scheme, Norway allocated up to US$1 billion over seven or eight years to finance Indonesia’s emission reduction programs.
Recently, the provincial government in Aceh proposed a new spatial planning bylaw that would allow for the conversion of protected forests into non-forest zones.
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