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Jakarta Post

Govt mulls plan to privatize conservation

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Sanur, Bali   /   Tue, July 20 2010   /  09:28 am

The government has raised plans to encourage the private sector to manage protected forests to ensure sustainable financing for conservation efforts.The conservation forests include about 33 million hectares of national parks, natural reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and hunting parks, currently the country’s only biodiversity havens.The idea comes as the government intensively promotes the regeneration of degraded production forests in an effort to conserve biodiversity and limit the effects of climate change.“Developers could build facilities such as sky trains or hotels in conservation forests without harming the environment,” said director of biodiversity protection at Forestry Ministry, Hari Santoso.“People should pay to enjoy the natural beauty of conservation forests. The money can then be used to conserve the forests and hopefully generate income for the government.”He sa...