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Indonesia faces gigantic task of restoring peatland

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 6 2019   /  12:59 am

Indonesia must restore nearly 2.7 million hectares of peatland, two thirds of which are concessions held by plantation companies, which have been destroyed by fire in the last four years, but the way it is going about it, according to an expert, may literally backfire.According to the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), which has been tasked with carrying out restoration projects in peatland areas across the country since 2015, seven provinces are particularly critical for restoration: Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and Papua.Indonesia's total peatland covers approximately 22.5 million ha, second in the world after Brazil with 31.5 million ha, according to Global Wetlands data. Aside from preventing drought, peatland also promotes biodiversity.Failure to restore the burned peatland would pose threats to humans and the environment.To rehyd...