The Jakarta Post
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...