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Indonesia extends Forest Moratorium

The Indonesian government announced today the extension of the forest moratorium for two more years. In response, Forests Campaigner Yuyun Indradi said:

“Deforestation has pushed Indonesia into the ranks of the world’s largest carbon emitters, but thanks to President SBY’s moratorium extension we might just be on our way to addressing this.

“While it’s good news however, the president did not strengthen the moratorium to cover all forests and peatland. That is what’s really needed if we want to save Indonesia’s remaining tigers and orangutans, which are under threat from relentless palm oil, and pulp and paper expansion.”

On Greenpeace's demands:

“Finding out where and who is responsible for deforestation is not transparent enough. The government must review existing concessions, increase transparency in the way licences are granted, establish a credible database of low carbon land and undertake clear spatial and land use planning.

“As we’ve shown in recent investigations, the current status quo is not enough to guarantee that all of Indonesia’s forests and carbon-rich peatlands are being protected. We urge key partners in Indonesia’s forest moratorium, such as the Norwegian Government who are contributing up to US$1 billion to help Indonesia reduce emissions from deforestation, to push for the moratorium to be strengthened and not just extended.”

by S. C.
16 may 2013, World News > Asia