Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Indonesia’s forest: a year in moratorium

From the blog of Fitrian Ardiansyah, an article he wrote for Coal Asia:  A little over a year ago, Indonesia issued a two-year moratorium on new permits for primary forest and peat-land clearing. To date, a critical question remains whether the country has come up with better forest and land use management while allowing other sectors to develop.

This moratorium is intended to contribute to the program of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and to some extent provide a degree of legal certainty in land use governance in Indonesia.

Prior to the issuance of moratorium, for instance in December 2010, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) found in its study on forestry policies and systems that unclear definitions and boundary of forest areas in Law No. 41 of 1999 on Forestry and other relevant regulations are perceived to be a key reason of chaotic land use management in this country that eventually leads to a significant increase in deforestation.

...It is, therefore, not uncommon in Indonesia to have overlapping claims for power over state forests and peat lands, between national and sub-national levels, as well as among sectors regulated by different government ministries (i.e. forestry, agriculture, energy and mineral resources and public works).

...A year of experience in implementing this two-year forest conversion moratorium provides a good reminder for Indonesia and its citizens that the challenges of achieving better land use and forest management while developing its economy are greater than ever....

River and forest in Bogor, West Java, shot by Mohd Fahmi Mohd Azmi, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

1 comment:

Tree Service Queens said...

While I agree that it is a good idea to place a strict limit on the land you can clear and forests you can 'de-forest', I do believe that if given the chance to live in a better region of the country thats available in one of the reserves (that has beneficial resources) only then, would I have to say chop down and move in.

-Carlos Hernandez