The tropical rainforests are our “lungs of the earth”. But they are also cash cows for the logging industry.
But with forests the size of a football pitch being destroyed every two seconds, eventually the timbre will run out.
Indonesia, which has already lost more than 60 percent of its natural forests, has put a price on its most precious resource – in the form of a US$9 million carbon credits project in Ulu Masen, Aceh.
A village head collects US$110 every month from the villagers as payments for what they call ecological services – or PES.
A hydro eco-preneur earns that same amount in a day selling the electricity from the dam to the national electricity provider.