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Analysis: Who benefits from 2-year moratorium on forest clearing?

  • Manggi Habir

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 5 2010   /  10:19 am

It didn’t take long for palm oil producers to respond to Norway’s recently signed US$1 billion grant, given in exchange for a two-year moratorium on any new clearing of Indonesia’s rainforest and peatlands. Association of Palm Oil Producers secretary-general Joko Supriyono urged the government to reassess the planned moratorium, citing that its members were struggling with forest concessions that contained unproductive land not suitable for productive growth. Indonesian Palm Oil Commission executive director Rosediana Suharto went further, noting that developing countries including Indonesia need to prioritize economic development over the environment. The lines drawn between the environmentalist groups, industry and government are becoming increasingly clearer and could sharpen further going forward. In the middle is the government, trying to maintain a balance between its interna...