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Jakarta Post

Forest moratorium map inaccurate: Govt

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 3 2011   /  09:36 am

The government said on Wednesday that its claim that the forestry permit moratorium would cover about 64 million hectares of primary forest was inaccurate, as that figure resulted from remote imagery.

Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto clarified that it did not mean the government had deliberately manipulated the figure, saying rather that it was the latest data it could retrieve from Landsat satellite imagery.

“The accuracy is not essential for an indicative map [on the forest moratorium],” he told The Jakarta Post.

“We will revise it [the map] every six months, if there are findings with scientific proof.”

The accuracy of the forest area measured by Landsat imagery depended on several factors, including cloud density during the measurement. “We can’t do anything if the forest area is totally covered by clouds,” ministry spokesma...