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Jakarta Post

1 percent of peatlands for carbon deal

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sat, June 26 2010   /  12:29 pm

The Forestry Ministry has said that it could allocate only 170,000 hectares of the nation's 21 million hectares of peatlands for a carbon trading deal struck recently with Norway. The preliminary estimate also stated that about 25 million hectares of natural forest could be covered by the two year moratorium on concessions for forest and peatland conversion as stipulated in the Letter of Intent (LoI) signed by Indonesia and Norway. "We still need to discuss it *the figures* with other departments," director general of forest production development at the Forestry Ministry Hadi Daryanto told reporters. Environmental NGOs and several experts have said that to make the moratorium on forest concessions meaningful, Indonesia must also cancel all concession permits given to companies that have yet to begin development work on their natural forest concessions. The government...