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Jakarta Post

Peatland restoration target to be sped up

  • Haeril Halim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 12 2017   /  12:29 am

The government, through the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), has set an ambitious target to restore about 700,000 hectares of fire-prone peatland across the country in 2017 as part of the plan to have a total of 2 million ha restored by 2020.

Last year, the government intended to restore 600,000 ha of peatland, but only about 260,000 ha were cured.

The government initially only planned to restore 400,000 ha this year, but during a meeting on peatland restoration at the State Palace on Wednesday the Cabinet decided to include last year’s shortfall of 338,000 ha onto its 2017 to-do list.

In his opening remarks, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated the government’s commitment to restore and increase the wetness of a total of 2 million ha of peatland by 2020.

The government aims to prevent recurring forest fires in the country that were mainly cause...