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Jakarta Post

Decentralization jeopardizes forest in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Mon, December 14 2009   /  03:01 pm

Regional autonomy in Papua poses a threat to forests in the province because the infrastructure development following autonomy would exploit forested areas, says a forestry official. "The forested areas currently available would unlikely still be there five to 10 years from now if regional autonomy continues as it would lead to physical development," said Papua Forestry Office head Marthen Kayoi, during the launch of the Forest Governance Integrity (FGI) at the Transparency International Indonesia office in Jayapura recently. He added that the regency capital of Keerom was previously a forested area but raised doubts whether it could still be described as such. The current area of Papua's intact forest is 31.5 million hectares, while 5 million hectares had been categorized as critical areas from 1973 to 2003. Kayoi said only around 24 million hectares of the forested ...