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Govt to extend forestry moratorium over business objections: Deputy Minister

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Nanga Badau, West Kalimantan | Sun, May 12 2013 | 11:42 am

The government says it will extend its moratorium on forestry conversions despite protests from firms that want access to forests and peatlands to produce palm oil.

'€œThe Forestry Ministry has made it clear that the government should continue the moratorium, despite protests from some business players,'€ Deputy Trade Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said on Saturday during the launch of a CPO land export lane in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan.

Bayu said that the government was preparing a regulation to replace the 2011 presidential instruction that established the moratorium that will expire this month.

The moratorium was issued following the approval of a bilateral agreement between Indonesia and Norway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

 

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