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Govt to put moratorium on firms with idle concessions

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 18 2016   /  10:29 am

Soon, palm oil and forestry resource companies will be forbidden from starting any activities on any of their concessions that are idle, as the government plans to expand a moratorium on peatland use in a bid to curb the annual land and forest fires.

The government is currently revising Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 8/2015 on a permit moratorium for primary forests and peatlands, which has been in effect since May last year.

The moratorium on clearing primary forests and peatlands was first introduced by then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2010 and was extended by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo through the Inpres last year.

The original moratorium only banned permits to be issued allowing the use of peatland that has not yet been turned into concessions.

However, following Jokowi’s instructions, the Inpres will be revised once again to imp...