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Governor may have breached moratorium

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 5 2012   /  09:24 am

JAKARTA: An environmental group has accused Central Kalimantan Governor Agustin Teras Narang of issuing a recommendation for a palm oil company to open a plantation in a primary forest in Pulang Pisau regency, a move that could be in violation of a forest-clearing moratorium agreed upon in a deal signed by the Indonesian and Norwegian governments.

A report from the Central Kalimantan office of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) claims that the governor signed on April 23 a recommendation letter to accompany the company’s application to the Forestry Ministry for a logging licence on 6,707 hectares of primary forest.

Such licenses are commonly issued for activities in secondary forests that are designated for production.

“The area is included in the moratorium map so the activity should be deemed illegal,” said Arie Rompas, the director of Walhi Cen...