Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment’s ‘car­bon off­sets’ agree­ment against REDD ini­tia­tives — Wan Ju­naidi

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PU­TRA­JAYA: As­tat­e­gov­ern­ment has been told that the agree­ment on ‘ car­bon- off­sets’ is against the ini­tia­tives on Re­duc­ing Emis­sions From De­for­esta­tion and Degra­da­tion ( REDD) and the con­di­tions set by the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change ( UNFCCC).

Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaafar said Malaysia is at fi­nal stage of dis­cus­sion and has sub­mit­ted the ‘safe­guard in­for­ma­tion sys­tem’ re­port to the UNFCCC sec­re­tariat be­fore it could re­ceive aid from the Green Cli­mate Fund.

“The dis­cus­sion has been go­ing on for sev­eral years. As such, it is cru­cial for the state gov­ern­ment to com­ply with the con­di­tions. I hope that REDD ini­tia­tives are not af­fected by the un­eth­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties of some un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als,” he said after chair­ing the En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ters and State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lors ( MEXCOE) meet­ing here, yes­ter­day.

Wan Ju­naidi said he would meet with the Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment and ex­plain that the agree­ment on ‘car­bon- off­sets’ would not be counted as a con­tri­bu­tion to the re­duc­tion of car­bon emis­sions by Malaysia.

In January, Malaysia’s first car­bon credit com­pany, Cli­mate Change Pro­tec­tor ( CCP) Sdn Bhd re­port­edly signed an agree­ment with the Ke­lan­tan state gov­ern­ment on REDD ini­tia­tives.

Un­der the agree­ment, CCP will al­lo­cate 396,000 hectares of for­est or 25 per­cent of state land for con­ser­va­tion and to re­duce car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

CCP, which spe­cialises in re­new­able re­new­able and sus­tain­able energy, was given a 30year con­ces­sion by the Ke­lan­tan state gov­ern­ment. — Ber­nama

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