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Jakarta Post

No retreat on logging moratorium, NGOs warn

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 15 2010   /  10:02 am

Civil society groups are stepping up pressure on the government to honor its pledged moratorium on exploiting forests despite protests from corporations, especially forestry businesses.Eleven NGOs, including Greenpeace, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), Sawit Watch, Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) and Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) issued a joint statement on the moratorium to the government on Thursday.The two-page document outlined principles, criteria and steps to implement the moratorium.The groups also condemned the Indonesian government for barring Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior from entering Indonesian waters. The Greenpeace vessel was scheduled to dock in Jakarta on Wednesday enroute to Wasior, West Papua, on a humanitarian mission.The NGOs called on the government to issue a legal basis for the implementation of the moratorium, rev...