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Discourse: Lukewarm efforts stall REDD

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, February 21 2011   /  11:22 am

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...