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Jakarta Post

Water-based economy key to saving Indonesia's peatlands: BRG

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24, 2020   /  05:39 pm
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A member of the East Tanjungjabung Fire Brigade fights a fire in the Londerang protected peatland on Sept. 5, 2019.(JP/Jon Afrizal)

An official at the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) has called on researchers to find a way to develop a water-based economy as "a common ground" for private companies and other stakeholders to join forces in restoring the country's vast peatlands. The BRG's research and development deputy, Haris Gunawan, made the call on Thursday, addressing dozens of researchers at a book launch and discussion organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Haris also cautioned that "the problem will not be resolved within a generation" if a common ground was not established, stressing that simple measures could have been used to restore peatlands if not for their "protracted" degradation. Haris said that his research team and its partners had found that returning to the basic concept ...