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Govt drops designating plantations as forests

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 14 2010   /  08:43 am

The forestry ministry dropped its controversial initiative to classify oil palm plantations as forests after strong protests from environmental activists on fears that it would speed up deforestation.The statement was made by the ministry’s head of research and development Tachrir Fathoni on the sidelines of a seminar on Indonesian forestry following the Copenhagen climate talks.“We have dropped it. No more talk about it,” he told reporters on Tuesday.He said the ministry acknowledged that any changes on forest definitions should be made by amending the 1999 forest law.The law defines forest as an integrated ecosystem in the form of land comprising biological resources, dominated by trees in natural forms and surrounding environment, and which cannot be separated from each other.The same statement was also made by Nur Masripatin, the ministry’s director of the center for social e...