I agree that protecting rainforests is crucially important, especially "flat" ones. However, there is another side to the Harapan project - one which the proponents of the project appear reluctant to address: the local people who have been excluded from the project. At a presentation in Poznan last year, John Lanchbery, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, pointed out the importance of involving local people, “otherwise it just won’t work”. But he's strangely silent when it comes to the local people affected by the Harapan project. Further details here: Harapan | REDD-Monitor http://bit.ly/YHDGD I know that some people have got jobs through the project, but others claim to have been kicked off their land. What a pity you didn't mention any local people in your post about Harapan.