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5-step plan to protect our forests

  • Sonny Mumbunan and Edward Davey

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 3 2019   /  12:44 am

The most recent global survey of tree cover, released by Global Forest Watch, revealed a worrying panorama: the world lost 3.6 million hectares of old-growth rainforest in 2018, an area the size of Belgium. But one country stood out as a success story: Indonesia reported a notable reduction in forest loss for the second year in a row. While absolute forest loss remains high (340,000 ha in 2018), the direction of travel appears unmistakable. Indonesia’s success is in part due to the robust measures President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s government has put in place, including temporary bans on further expansion of oil palm plantations into forests and peatlands. Indonesia has some of the world’s most intact and diverse tropical rainforests, many of global significance. These forests provide a sustainable livelihood and cultural identity to the indigenous peoples of the region. Indonesi...