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Indonesia blames WWF for forest fire in Jambi

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 30, 2020   /  12:40 pm
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After the fire: Three locals stand near a pond in Orang Kayo Hitam Forest Park (Tahura OKH) in Jambi, which needed to be restored after a blaze in 2015.(JP/Syafrizaldi)

In a move that may weaken environmental protection in the country, the Environment and Forestry Ministry has terminated a contract with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia, blaming it for forest fires in a conservation area in Jambi. Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar issued a decree about the termination on Jan. 10 to notify the group, which has been a major pillar in the country’s environmental efforts for decades. The contract was supposed to last until 2023. WWF Indonesia has confronted the decision, calling it a “one-sided settlement” by the government. "We questioned the ministry: Why did they terminate the contract? We never got a direct answer," Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, the advisory board chairman of WWF Indonesia said in the press conference on Wednesday. He said he regretted that the ministry did not provide a chance for both parties t...