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Jakarta Post

41m hectares of forests still available for business use

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 10 2010   /  10:37 am

The two-year moratorium on forest and peatland conversions will not affect the development of new plantation areas because investors will still be permitted to open up new plantation areas, albeit in a special forest area, a forestry official said.

The Forestry Ministry secretary-general, Hadi Daryanto, said Tuesday that the government had allocated up to 41 million hectares as so-called special forest areas.

“Only 25 million hectares of forest areas have been used,” he told a discussion held by private television station Metro TV in Jakarta. He said that under the two-year moratorium, which would begin next year, the government would only halt conversions of primary forests and peatlands, not the productive forests allocated for businesses.

He claimed that there was still ample room for investments particularly in the renewable energy sector as many countries ha...