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Global inititiative on forests and climate.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Australian Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

T40 /07 9 April 2007

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY THE AUSTRALIAN AND INDONESIAN GOVERNMENTS

GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON FORESTS AND CLIMATE

Australian Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull met with the Indonesian Minister for Forestry, M. S. Kaban and the Indonesian Minister for the Environment, Rachmat Witoelar in Jakarta on 9, April 2007.

Australian and Indonesian Ministers today underscored the Governments’ recognition that climate change is a global challenge and that action to reduce deforestation can increase the forests' capacity to absorb carbon, including through reducing land and forest fires, and decrease global greenhouse gas emissions.

Minister Turnbull highlighted Australia’s recent announcement of its intention to establish a Global Initiative on Forests and Climate to work together with other countries to take practical action to help sustain the world's forests and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Ministers Kaban and Witoelar noted that the sustainable management of Indonesia’s forest resources is a high priority due to the forests’ vital significance to the national economy, the local and global environment, and to the livelihood of local communities.

Australian and Indonesian Ministers look forward to working together to identify and implement priority projects in Indonesia to build its capacity through this Initiative to assess, monitor and sustainably manage its forest resources.

Indonesia will host the 13th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali in December 2007. Australia and Indonesia look forward to working together, including on progressing the issues of adaptation, mitigation and deforestation, at this Conference.

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