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Second Debt-for-Nature Deal to Save Forests in Indonesia

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:30 AM
Contributors: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The United States and Indonesia signed a debt-for-nature swap agreement under the U.S. Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) of 1998 that will reduce Indonesia’s debt payments to the U.S. Government over the next eight years by nearly $28.5 million.
Second Debt-for-Nature Deal to Save Forests in Indonesia

Orangutan mother and her baby

In return, the Government of Indonesia will commit these funds to support grants to protect and restore the country’s tropical forests in Kalimantan. This agreement, in partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature-Indonesia (WWF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will be the second TFCA debt-for-nature swap in Indonesia.

The first agreement was signed in 2009 and supports forest conservation activities on the island of Sumatra.  Both of these agreements contribute to the climate change and environment objectives of the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. 

Kalimantan – Indonesian Borneo – historically has contained some of the world’s most remote and biologically-rich forests.  There are presently up to 15,000 different flowering plants on Borneo and the island is home to a large number of treasured animal species such as orangutans, clouded leopards, and “pygmy” elephants.

The second Indonesia TFCA marks the 18th TFCA deal, following agreements with Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica (two agreements), El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia (now two agreements), Jamaica, Panama (two agreements), Paraguay, Peru (two agreements), and the Philippines. 

 

For More Information Contact:

James Hester, AICP
Agency Environmental Coordinator
Director, Office of Natural Resources Management
U.S. Agency for International Development
 
Member, President's National Invasive Species Council
Vice Chair, President's Enterprise for the Americas Board
 
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