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Jakarta Post

Three ministers pledge to stop peatland conversion

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 15 2010   /  07:42 am

Activists from environmental group Greenpeace have said that three ministers told them the government would stop issuing new permits to convert peatland. Greenpeace made the announcement after speaking with Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan and Agriculture Minister Suswono in separate closed-door meetings earlier this week. "Both have promised to halt new permits for peatland conversion, including in areas that are less than three meters deep," Joko Arif, a Greenpeace forest campaigner, told The Jakarta Post on Friday. "We hope Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta will follow through on the issue of *producing a* regulation to protect peatland." A current draft of a government regulation says peatlands less than three meters deep can be converted to become any of 10 possibilities, including, plantations, fish farms, residential areas or mining or transmigration ar...