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Jakarta Post

Hopes high permanent ban on forest, peatland clearance will stop deforestation

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 18, 2019   /  10:36 am
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A fire burns through a protected area of the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve, part of the Leuser Ecosystem, in Trumon, South Aceh, to clear land for an oil palm plantation. (AFP/Januar)

Following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s signing of a presidential instruction to upgrade a moratorium on the issuance of new business permits for use of forest and peatland areas to a permanent ban, hopes are rising that Indonesia’s remaining forests can be protected. In mid-June, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar explained the country’s move to impose a moratorium on the issuance of forest and peatland clearance permits in front of an international audience during a discussion in Incheon, South Korea. The instruction was first issued in 2011 under then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration, and has been extended every two years, with the latest extension made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in June 2017. The minister said the moratorium had been effective in helping the government reform the f...