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Jakarta Post

Govt may increase forest moratorium to five years

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 8 2010   /  09:57 am

The government says it will propose a five-year moratorium on issuing permits to develop peatlands — three more years than Indonesia agreed to under a billion-dollar deforestation agreement recently signed with Norway.A draft presidential regulation says that the  five-year moratorium on new permits is part of government efforts to mitigate climate change and to meet a pledge to cut carbon emissions by 26 percent over the next several years.A forestry expert from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), Haryadi Kartodihardjo, who was also involved in drafting the policy,  said the five-year ban would be used to promote sustainable peatland management.“A two-year moratorium will not enough if we want sustainable peatland management,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. The draft says that the government will re-examine all peatland concession permits during the morator...