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Indonesia lags behind in commitment to restoration

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 23, 2017   /  04:23 pm
Indonesia lags behind in commitment to restoration Haze emerges from fires ravaging peatland in Meranti Islands regency in Riau province. The government aims to restore 2.49 hectares of destroyed peatland. (Courtesy of Emergency Task Force for Forest Fire/Riau)

Indonesia hosted the first Asia roundtable of the Bonn Challenge on May 9 and 10 in Palembang, South Sumatra. The meeting was organized by the Environment and Forestry Ministry, and the South Sumatra administration with a global NGO, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It was indeed a strategic role played by Indonesia to show to the world that Indonesia is also committed to supporting global restoration efforts. The Bonn Challenge is a global movement launched in 2011 through a high-level event hosted by the German Environment Ministry and the IUCN in Bonn, Germany. The important objective of the initiatives is to restore 150 million hectares, landscape level deforested and degraded land by 2020, and 350 million ha by 2030. The good news is that four countries pledged commitment by May 12; a major milestone with a total of 150.03 million ha comprising 0.7...

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