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Jakarta Post

New website allows people to monitor peatland restoration

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 7 2017   /  12:20 am

Under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s leadership, the government has ramped up efforts to save peatland across the country, but a lack of public monitoring might hinder such initiatives, prompting some NGOs to develop a website aimed at providing a platform for the public to track the progress of various peatland restoration programs.

Teaming up with some other environmental groups like the Madani Foundation for Sustainability, the independent research body, World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, has been working on the website, which just went live on Monday.

The new website, which is expected to be fully running by late this year, will contain the WRI’s analysis of the government’s commitment to restore 2 million hectares of peatland by 2020, which was outlined in several new regulations.

“If we find no progress on each commitment, ...