AUSTRALIA will commit $4.5 million towards helping neighbouring countries
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said today that up to $3 million would go to
the Indonesia-based Centre for International Forestry Research.
The other $1.5 million would help non-government organisations work with
developing countries on large-scale pilot projects designed to reduce
"Globally, there is a shortage of research on how to reduce deforestation and
Australia's support for the centre will help bridge this gap and support
international efforts to take action," Senator Wong said in a statement.
The International Forest Carbon Initiative, under which the money is given,
builds on Australia's existing commitments to reducing deforestation and has a
particular focus on countries in the region including Indonesia and Papua New
"In Bali, the international community agreed that demonstration activities were
needed to show that activities to reduce deforestation could be effective,
long-lasting, support local economies, and reduce greenhouse emissions," Senator
"Australia is helping get these activities up and running."