25 May '16, 9am

Reviving peatlands needs strict control: The Jakarta Post columnist - The Straits Times

The government's plan to issue a moratorium on new licences for oil palm plantations is certainly a breath of fresh air. Without a moratorium, it is predicted that 300,000 hectares of peatland will be converted every year for the next 20 years for palm oil production. By Erlina Ekaputri The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network The initiative of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to establish the Peatland Restoration Agency ( BRG ) is a very positive step for sustainable development. The agency is tasked with restoring 2 million hectares of degraded peatland that resulted from land clearing and burning by industrial plantations for agricultural cultivation. The restoration target is part of the government's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions by 26 per cent. Some 80 per cent of Indonesia's GHG emissions arise from land use, particularly the clearing and burning of f...

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