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The future of our forests and forest areas

  • Wiryono

    Associate professor of ecology at the School of Forestry, University of Bengkulu

Bengkulu | Thu, November 16, 2017 | 10:50 am
The future of our forests and forest areas Legal timber – A resident cuts jati, a kind of hardwood tree, in a people’s forest in Mranggen, Demak regency, Central Java. (

PREMIUM Environment and Forestry Ministry Decree No. 39/2017 allows local communities in Java to cultivate forest areas that are managed by state-owned forest company Perhutani, which has sparked controversy. Critics argue that the decree would only exacerbate deforestation. Although this decree does not give the community land tenure merely permits to utilize forest areas, forest products and forest e...

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