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Jakarta Post

Quo vadis our forest moratorium?

  • Bustar Maitar
    Bustar Maitar

    Chairman of EcoNusantara, a leading advisory think-tank organization for sustainable environment and development

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 30, 2017   /  12:49 pm
Quo vadis our forest moratorium? Fires burn forest and land on Sumatra Island during the dry season. (Antara/Rony Muharman)

The moratorium on forest management improvement concluded on May 13, after six years of implementation. The commitment for better forest management in Indonesia was initially stipulated by Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 10/2011 on the suspension of new licenses and improving governance of primary natural forest and peatland. The Inpres was then extended with Inpres No. 6/2013 and Inpres No. 8/2015. When Inpres No. 8/2015 ends in May, the public will be awaiting the following measures by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Many parties appreciate this political commitment. Even Norway pledged to provide US$1 billion, considered a “bonus” for the Indonesian government’s urgently needed efforts to improve and protect forests. A moratorium is a means to temporarily stop to identify things that need to improve in the context of forest and peatland manage...

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