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Jakarta Post

RI forest conversions alarming: Greenomics

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 9 2008   /  09:38 am

Forest conversion has reached an alarming level in Indonesia with more than 10 million hectares of protected forest converted for business use since the inception of regional autonomy in 2000, a study says. The study, conducted by the Greenomics Indonesia environmental group, found most regional spatial plans do not aim to protect forests. "In fact, some existing spatial planning ... expedites forest conversions," Greenomics executive director Elfian Effendi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. "The area of converted forest now exceeds 158 times the size of Singapore." Indonesia is the world's third-largest forestry country, with over 120 million hectares of rainforest. The government has set aside about 40 million hectares for both protected and conservation forests, where plantation, agriculture or logging activities are not allowe...