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Indonesia curbs deforestation through strong leadership, technology

This picture taken on May 9, 2017 shows a team of Indonesian forest rangers making their way through the Leuser ecosystem rainforest, located mostly within the province of Aceh on the northern tip of the island of Sumatra. Scientists and conservationists consider the Leuser Ecosystem to be among the most important forests left in Southeast Asia, particularly because it is the last place of sufficient size and quality to support viable populations of rare species like Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos, elephants, clouded leopards and sun bears.(AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)
Tri Indah Oktavianti
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, April 19 2021

Indonesia has been commended by members of the international community for a historically low deforestation rate in 2020, which has been taken as a demonstration of the country’s commitment to sustainable forest management.

Speaking during a JakPost Up Close webinar on Friday titled “Declining rate of deforestation: Is it the new normal?”, Environment and Forestry Ministry forest resources inventory and monitoring director Belinda Arunawati Margono acknowledged that the country had seen high levels of deforestation in the 1990s and 2000s.

However, she said deforestation rates had since fallen as Indonesia had improved forest management through stricter policies, improved monitoring technology and more comprehensive reporting on the country’s forests.

She said a new chapter had begun in Indonesian forest management with ...

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