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Jakarta Post

RI still razing forests despite climate deal

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 30 2011   /  08:00 am

Less than two weeks after a moratorium on forest clearing, Indonesia has lost protected forest the size of Singapore that was awarded to palm oil planters and forest concession holders, a report by Greenomics Indonesia says.

To make matters worse, the shifting status of primary forest is located in Central Kalimantan, which was appointed a pilot project site — a place other provinces will observe for how to execute President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s order to halt issuing new permits to raze forests in the country for two years.

Greenomics said Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan was the first official to ignore the President’s order.

Zulkifli made a decree, the report said, that converted the status of 81,490 hectares of conservation area into production forests.

The converted forests were in, among others, Tanjung Puting National Park and Sebangau Nation...