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Indonesia: Overseas Aid

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the terms of reference are of the programme established in Indonesia by his Department under the fund to be managed by the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation; when the fund will begin operating; for how long the programme will run; whether the fund will sponsor Government and private sector projects; and what projects he expects to be funded. (210098)

The Terms of Reference for the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Programme are to reduce and eliminate illegal logging, to achieve poverty reduction through community-based forest management and to support reforms for reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation. The agreement was signed in February this year and runs until October 2010.

The Fund will finance government and civil society. Projects include implementing a European Union—Indonesia voluntary partnership agreement on forest law enforcement, governance and trade, legal reforms to reduce corruption, community-based forest management and strengthening local community foundations in six regions.