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Moratorium to preserve only protected forest areas: Draft

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 17 2011   /  11:16 am

Deforestation would continue in the country despite the pledged two-year moratorium, since it would only take effect in areas categorized as protected under the Forest Law, a civil society group said on Wednesday.

After analyzing drafts of presidential decrees on the forest moratorium, Greenpeace said the target of the moratorium would only be 41 million hectares of forests. “The 41 million hectares have been designated as protected areas under the 1999 Forest Law,” geographic information center (GIS) specialist for Greenpeace, Kiki Taufik said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The figure is far lower than the Forestry Ministry’s prediction of approximately 60 million hectares.

The press conference came after a meeting of high-ranking officials to discuss drafts of presidential decrees was reported in a deadlock on Monday.

There are currently two draft...