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Jakarta Post

More than 60,000 km of forests have no boundaries

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 5 2010   /  09:23 am

Over 60,000 kilometers of the country’s forests’ borders have not been legally defined, leaving them vulnerable to illegal encroachment and tenure conflicts between the government and local communities.

As of July, the Forestry Ministry has just completed drawing up 219,606 kilometers of borders for 282,873 square kilometers of forests.

Over the next four years, the ministry plans to define another 25,000 kilometers of forest boundaries.

“We admit it is an ambitious target to map 25,000 kilometers in just four years as we have never achieved such a figure,” Ali Arsyad, secretary of the director general of planning at the Forestry Ministry, said.

The team tasked to determine forest boundaries was headed by the regent or mayor in each area.

Regional elections and budget constraints were among the obstacles the government faces, Ali said.