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Oil palm plantations continue to expand despite moratorium

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 10, 2019   /  02:31 pm
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An aerial picture shows vast areas of oil palm plantations in Riau province. Civil society group AURIGA Nusantara said oil palm plantations had continued to expand despite a moratorium imposed by the government in September, last year. (Antara/FB Anggoro)

The government has made little progress in tackling the expansion of oil palm plantations a year after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo imposed a moratorium on the issuance of new permits, recent data reveals. During a public discussion, civil society group AURIGA Nusantara researcher Wiko Saputra quoted Environment and Forestry Ministry data that showed that area of forests cleared for oil palm plantation had increased to 5.9 million hectares last July from 5.4 million ha recorded last year. AURIGA Nusantara’s internal research used satellite information to record 1,121 hotspots across Indonesia resulting from forest clearings for oil palm plantation. He also quoted Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Agriculture Ministry data that shows that only 28 percent of companies have allocated 20 percent of their total plantation areas to growing high conservati...