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Ban expected to protect remaining forests

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  12:31 am

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 forestry sector, including in preventing wild...