Asian Forests Gets Australian Protection

Australian Government has turned it right to claim the protection of forests along the coasts of South-East Asia. This action will surely save our Environment.

Australia sought to position itself as a regional leader in fighting climate change, announcing a global fund to curb deforestation in Southeast Asia—a move the Prime Minister said would be more effective than the Kyoto Protocol. Prime Minister John Howard pledged 200 million Australian dollars ($161 million) to the fund, which aims to check the deforestation rate in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, by fighting illegal logging, planting new trees and providing alternatives to the timber industry. Australia, a major coal exporter and one of the world's largest per capita greenhouse gas producers, has refused to ratify the Kyoto agreement, which calls for steep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions among industrialised nations by 2012. Destruction of forests— which absorb carbon dioxide while standing but release it into the atmosphere when burned accounts for 25% of the world's greenhouse gas levels, and ranks second to electricity production as a cause of carbon dioxide pollution. What this initiative will do, in a shorter period of time, is make a greater contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions than, in fact, the Kyoto Protocol.

Environment minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia's plan would have instant benefits by planting new trees and slowing Indonesia's deforestation rate which is second only to Brazil's. Officials say Indonesia has responded positively to the proposal, under which the money will be distributed to forestry projects overseen by Australia's national aid agency. Critics accuse Howard's government of hypocrisy for allowing forests to be slashed and burned in Australia while seeking to curb such activity overseas. However with the immediate action of protection, the forest along the Indonesia could save tons of greenhouse gases being emitted in the greener atmosphere of our earth.

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