On November 18, 2008, Governor of the Province of Aceh of the Republic of Indonesia Irwandi Yusuf was signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) on Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Land Degradation (REDD) between several Governor of the States of the USA. The Memorandum of Understanding commits the California, Illinois and Wisconsin to work with the governors of six states and provinces within Indonesia and Brazil to help slow and stop tropical deforestation, a source of roughly 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The governors include Governor Antônio Waldez Góes da Silva of Amapa, Brazil; Governor Eduardo Braga of Amazonas, Brazil; Governor Blario Maggi of Mato Grosso, Brazil; Governor Ana Júla de Vasconcelos Carepa of Para, Brazil; Governor Yusof Irwandi of Aceh, Indonesia; and Governor Barnamas Suebu of Papua, Indonesia.
The agreement was proposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and land degradation; the signatories of the agreement intend to develop a new effective plan to cope with that issue. Governor Schwarzenegger said. "With this agreement, we are focusing our collective efforts on the problem and requiring our states to jointly develop rules, incentives and tools to ensure reduced emissions from deforestation and land degradation. We are also sending a strong message that this issue should be front and center during negotiations for the next global agreement on climate change."
According to Teuku Rafli Pasha, Governor Irwandi was invited personally by Arnold Schwarzenegger because he amazed with Irwandi’s innovative program Aceh Green; Arnold also said that Aceh Green Program will make Aceh plays a significant role in global scope in order to reduce the emission of green house effect.
But, based on information expressed by a current research, Governor Irwandi did not hold a full power to sign the MoU at that time and they assume that the MoU is illegal. However, according to my analysis of this case, that is not true, and there are several arguments can support and verify that this MoU is legal.