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Jakarta Post

Govt reduces area of forests protected by moratorium

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 5 2011   /  07:00 am

The government issued a new version of a forest map, revising down the size of primary forests and conservation areas in the forest moratorium to 55 million hectares.

The new map, posted on the Forestry Ministry website Monday, highlights 55 million hectares of primary forests and conservation areas and 17 million hectares of peatland estimated to store 1 billion tons of carbon.

Previously, presidential aide on climate change Agus Purnomo and several officials said a moratorium would cover 64 million hectares of primary forests and conservation areas.

Following President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s issuance of a decree on the forest moratorium on May 20, officials declared the policy would protect 64 million hectares of primary forests and conservation areas in addition to between 20 million hectares and 30 million hectares of peatland.

If the government kept...