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Jakarta Post

New initiative to protect peatland

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, December 8 2016   /  09:11 am

The biggest question looming over all the laws and regulations the government has enacted so far to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions is how strong and consistent their enforcement will be.

 Likewise, the effectiveness of the latest regulation on peatland ecosystem management and protection will rest on the government’s ability to enforce all the elaborate provisions, which in effect impose a permanent moratorium on the conversion of peatland into plantations.

Under the new regulation, any conversion of peatland into plantations such as palm oil is prohibited, until a zoning system for the protection and cultivation of the peatland ecosystem is in place.

The new policy demonstrates the government’s serious commitment to protecting carbon-rich peatlands from exploitation, which has led not only to damage of the peat areas, but also caused m...