The Jakarta Post
Poor law enforcement has been the main cause of deforestation, now reaching over 1 million hectares a year. The government established a presidential taskforce to deal with long-standing problems and to impose a two-year moratorium for forest and peatland to run REDD-Plus projects. The Jakarta Post’s Adianto P. Simamora talked to Mas Achmad Santosa, a member of the taskforce. Here are the excerpts.
Question: Could you explain what the taskforce would do with the so-called “forest mafia”?
Answer: Indonesia suffered vast deforestation when destruction and encroachments were seemingly done in “legal” ways. Natural forests and peatland containing high-value environmental resources were reduced to only some 28 million hectares in the country. The forests became incapable of providing for forest-dependant people.
Forest destruction increased as permits were care...