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Jakarta Post

Forests in Papua are valued at $78 billion

  • The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, August 24 2011   /  07:00 am

Jayapura: Forests in Papua, which cover 42 million hectares, are estimated to be worth US$78 billion, or about Rp 700 trillion, according to Papuan caretaker governor Syamsul Arief Rivai.

Speaking at a meeting with regents and mayors from throughout Papua, in Jayapura on Monday, Syamsul said: “If the forests are managed properly and sustainably, they can produce over 500 million cubic meters of logs per annum.

Monday’s meeting was held as part of the framework of signing changes in the mapping of Papuan forests linked to the province’s spatial planning revision.

Changes in spatial planning are expected to become the best reference in the exploitation of forests aimed at supporting development activities in the area.

“We have to increase our efforts to safeguard the forests from any damaging actions for the sake of future generations,” Syamsul said.<...