Forest-Conservation Scheme Scarred By Violations in Central Kalimantan

He said the companies, mostly oil palm firms occupying 200,000 hectares of land, were also violating zoning regulations. “There’s a regulation stipulating that nothing may be planted on a 45-degree slope, but you can see that they’ve planted oil palms there,” Nihin said. The entire province has been made into a pilot project for the REDD Plus scheme, an UN-backed mechanism for forest conservation where countries with large forests will get compensation in return for preserving them. The project is part of an agreement between Indonesia and Norway, signed in 2010, worth $1 billion. Nihin said efforts to crack down on the violations were hampered by a lack of coordination between his office and the local forestry and plantations office. “The forestry and plantations office is the one with the authority to revoke the companies’ permits, but we haven’t been able to see eye-to-...

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