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Jakarta Post

Homework abound for environment in 2017

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 29 2016   /  12:22 am

The year 2016 has been marked with progress in how the Indonesian government has managed the environment for economic development while at the same protecting it following the disastrous year for the environment that was 2015, when the country suffered from one of the worst forest fire seasons in its history.

Despite the progress, the government still has lots of homework in the environment sector next year, such as strengthening forest fire prevention efforts as the dry season is expected to return to normal in 2017 and redistributing customary forests to indigenous communities.

The beginning of the year saw President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo establish the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), which aims to restore 2.4 million hectares of carbon-rich peatland damaged by fires that sent smoke across the region last year.

By restoring the damaged peatlands, the governme...