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Govt releases new forest moratorium map

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 25 2012   /  09:01 am

The Forestry Ministry released on Thursday its latest “Indicative Moratorium Map” of 65,282,006 hectares of natural forests and peatland — where no clearing activities can take place — as guidelines for local administrations when issuing forestry licenses.

Unlike the controversial first revision in November, the latest revision showed a net loss of only 92,245 hectares in the total area of protected forest and peatland.

The changes include a loss of 125,961 hectares of peatland from the previous map and re-addition of 33,716 hectares from the Rawa Tripa peat swamp in Aceh.

The latest map, presented by Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan, is available on the ministry’s website www.dephut.go.id.

Indonesia issued the two-year moratorium map in May 2011, designed to curtail deforestation, with an initial total of 69.1 million hectares of protected areas. <...