15 Sep 2014

Huge Papua estate cause of high gas emissions

8:06 pm on 15 September 2014

An official from Merauke in Indonesia's Papua province says the regency's alarmingly high greenhouse gas emissions rate results from deforestation.

Bintang Papua reports that Merauke Regency's contributes nearly half of the province's emissions.

A Merauke official, Tangke Mangi, says the high rate results from rapid forest degradation caused by the huge agro-development project known as the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate.

Mr Mangi says there is a need for strategic action to mitigate the emissions which are expected to increase as more companies take up permits at the Estate.