Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia remains committed to implementing the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) with Norway.

Indonesia remains fully committed although the presidential decree on a moratorium on peat land and natural forest conversion had not yet been signed so far, Vice President Boediono said as quoted by his spokesman, Yopie Hidayat. here on Friday.

"Indonesia is committed to implementing the REDD+ but would remain prioritizing the welfare of the people," Yopie said quoting the vice president.

The Vice President made the confirmation when receiving the International Climate and Forestry Initiative Oslo, Hans Brattskar.

Boediono said Indonesia was resolved to implement the REDD+ successfully and concretely as a new solution to overcome climate change problems without hurting the people.

"In view of that there must be a balance between safeguarding the environment and the future of grandchildren as well as how optimum economic benefits could be taken from the implementation of the REDD+," Yopie said.

Hans Brattskar responded well the statement and said he could understand wh Indonesia had not yet been able to sign the decree.

Yopie said Brattskar could understand Indonesia which is considering the interests of the stakeholders.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Norway`s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had made commitment to cooperate in efforts to overcome climate change through among others by the signing of the Letter of Intent on REDD+ done by Indonesia`s foreign miniter Marty Natalegawa and Norwegian environment and international development minister Erik Solheim in Oslo on May 27, 2010.

The Norwegian delegation earlier inspected the peat land in Central Kalimantan which has been chosen to be the REDD+ pilot project.(*)

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