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Jakarta Post

BRG boosts peatland restoration in 2018

  • Dyaning Pangestika and Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Palembang   /   Sat, December 29 2018   /  01:18 am

The National Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) claims it has successfully restored more peatland nationwide in 2018 compared with last year.

As a country that has been struggling to overcome the issue of annual wildfires, Indonesia has set an ambitious target of restoring and rewetting 2.49 million hectares of critical peatland by 2020, of which 1.4 ha is located on concession land.

Wildfires, most of which occur in dried-out peatland, have long caused health and safety concerns in the country. The annual problem has also resulted in frequent diplomatic rows with Indonesia’s neighbors as a result of haze caused by the fires.

The BRG’s education deputy for campaigns, participation and partnership Myrna A. Safitri said the agency managed to restore 480,171 ha of peatland this year through peat soil rewetting and a village empowerment program to raise villagers’ a...