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Jakarta Post

Curb on forest use may cost Indonesia 3.5m new jobs a year

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 1 2011   /  08:00 am

Moratorium now!: Environmental activists stage a demonstration outside the office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy in Jakarta on Thursday, demanding that the government do more to halt deforestation and protect the environment and the people who depended on forests.Antara/Fanny Octavianus International aid programs intended to curb the expansion of forest-related industries in Indonesia will likely deprive the country of an opportunity to create 3.5 million new jobs annually and reduce export revenues, a new report claims.

A report by the NGO World Growth released Thursday concluded that programs backed by international aid agencies including USAID and high-profile environmental groups such as Greenpeace and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) aimed at curbing forest conversion for commercial purposes would significantly hurt Indonesia’s economy.

World Growth...