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Land swap scheme legal deforestation, says coalition

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 3 2018   /  01:02 am

In the fight for a better environment, one cannot be sacrificed for the preservation of others.

That was the premise of a pro-environment coalition, which is urging the government to find areas outside natural forests for their land swap program that aims to restore peatland.

The Environment and Forestry Ministry issued a series of regulations to speed up peat land restoration following the devastating fires in 2015 that destroyed 2.6 million hectares of forests and peat land.

One of the regulations was the land swap scheme for industrial forest firms.

Under the scheme, the concessionaires of industrial vegetation forests (HTI) whose concession areas are made up of at least 40 percent of protected peatland, are required to restore it and in return the government would give them other land as compensation.

More than 900,000 ha have been earmarked for ...