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A herculean task to recover peatlands

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 9 2016   /  09:12 am

Nazir Foead - JP/Wendra AjistyatamaAs the leader of the newly-established Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), conservation veteran Nazir Foead is President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s front man in the fight against the annual haze. The 49-year-old is tasked with leading a national effort to restore fire-prone peatland and curb the recurring fire risk, which last year shortchanged Indonesia’s economy of US$16 billion and catapulted the country passed Japan as the world’s fifth biggest polluter. He recently talked to The Jakarta Post’s Hans Nicholas Jong about his priorities as the head of the BRG as well as the challenges of restoring more than 2 million hectares of damaged peatland in the next five years.

Question: What is your main priority as the head of the BRG now that the agency has mapped 2.26 million hectares of priority areas to be restored?

Answer: BRG will ...