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Jakarta Post

Total ban issued on peatland clearance

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 9 2016   /  09:02 am

Environmentalists have hailed the government’s decision to issue a total ban on the clearing of carbon-rich peatland across Indonesia through the revision of a government regulation on peatland protection, despite skepticism about whether the policy will be fully implemented.

The revision, which was signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo into law on Dec. 1, will prohibit the draining and clearing of not only new peatland, but also concession land previously licensed to plantation companies.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said the ban could slash greenhouse-gas emissions and prevent disastrous peat fires that had plagued the region in recent years.

“This is an extremely positive and historic decision, both for Indonesia and for global efforts to tackle climate change. Such a moratorium has the potential to deliver huge health benefits for t...