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Scientists say forest moratorium needs action

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 25 2010   /  10:41 am

Local and international experts say the planned forest moratorium sounds good in theory, but remained skeptical of the actual implementation of the US$1 billion policy.

Signing a letter of intent (LoI) with Norway in May, the Indonesian government decided to halt issuing new permits to convert natural forests and peatland for two years beginning in 2011. Under the agreement, Norway would pay Indonesia for carbon emission it obtained through preventing deforestation.

On its own, the policy is good, but it needs to be matched with “real actions”, the Indonesian Institute for Sciences (LIPI) Center for Innovation director Bambang Subiyanto said.

“The moratorium is acceptable, but it will not be effective if certain important issues remain unresolved,” he said, adding that the main issues surround the local communities’ land-clearing habits.

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