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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dr Lynn Clayton attended the Bali Conference in Dec 07
In December 2007, Dr Lynn Clayton, co-ordinator of the Nantu Project in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia gave a presentation with her colleagues Ani Kartikasari, Dr. Abdul Haris Mustari and Agung Priyo Sarjono entitled Protecting Sulawesi's Endangered Biodiversity through "REDD" : A case study in Gorontalo Province, Indonesia.

The UNFCCC's Bali Conference was a great opportunity to meet experts and colleagues from around the world. Dr Clayton discussed the goals and achievements of the Nantu Project with Hilary Benn (UK Secretary of State for the Environment) and Phil Woolas (UK Minister of State - Environment).

Together with Dr Fadel Muhammad (Governor of Gorontalo Province, Indonesia), Dr Clayton also met with Joachim von Amsberg (Country Director, Indonesia, World Bank) and was able to highlight the global importance of the Nantu Project in Gorontalo in efforts to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity and local communities.

The Nantu project is run by Dy Lynn Clayton a conservation biologist attached to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. Aspects of this project have been funded by UK government's Darwin Initiative Programme, The British Embassy in Jakarta (UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office), and The Whitley Awards.

For the past 15 years the Nantu Project has protected critically endangered Babirusa (a unique curly tusked pig) and its last global stronghold, the Nantu Forest in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Nantu Project is a practical example of how actively protecting pristine rainforest at a grass-roots level can help to reduce global carbon emissions.

These films show how wildlife and local people have benefitted from the protection 52,000 hectares (200 square miles) of forest that would otherwise have been destroyed.

It has been estimated that protecting the Nantu Forest from illegal logging and burning has reduced Indonesia's carbon emissions by at least 6 million tonnes.

If you would like to find out more about Nantu Project please contact clayton.lynn@gmail.com or take a look at the Nantu Project's channel on You Tube (www.youtube.com/nantuproject) which shows a clip from Sir David Attenborough's The Life of Mammals television series which was filmed in Nantu.

Thanks to Dr Matt Prescott for his assistance with putting together this weblog and the channel on You Tube.

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