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Jakarta Post

SBY to sign moratorium this month

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 19 2011   /  01:16 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is slated to sign a presidential instruction this month, serving as the country’s legal basis to stop the handing out of licenses to convert primary forest and peatland for business purposes.

The signing will take place two months after the pledged deadline on Jan. 1. However, the two-year moratorium will exclude secondary forest β€” forest that has already been converted for other purposes.

Presidential special staff on climate change Agus Purnomo said that a team of officials drafting the instruction had reached a deal on key points of the moratorium.

β€œIt is now a matter of wording [the draft]; the message is clear, the moratorium is in place to protect existing forests still in good condition,” he said after meeting with Yudhoyono on Friday.

There are two different drafts of the moratorium. The first draft was hand...