For What It’s Worth: Indonesia Forest Moratorium Extended

Zulkifli Hasan, Indonesian Minister of Forestry

Zulkifli Hasan, Indonesian Minister of Forestry (Photo credit: CIFOR)

From the “for what it’s worth” department (nothing), apparently, Indonesia will be expanding their two year moratorium on deforestation.  Hurray!  Yeah right.  The corrupt, greedy government officials, and their greedy, corrupt business palm oil/paper/logging/mining interest-conspirators have really been handed a defeat…said absolutely nobody.

It’s clear that this two-year moratorium really hasn’t stopped rainforest and peatlands from being destroyed up to this point, so there’s little here about which to get excited.  On the flip side, can this still be read as a symbolic step that doesn’t seemingly kowtow to these evil business interests?  Given the sad state of Indonesian rainforest destruction in the face of this moratorium, this is probably just  a lot of more…ahem…hot air.  Indonesia has been burned before (both figuratively and literally) by their own federal, state and local governments, the crooked business interests, the toothless greenwashing RSPO…everybody but the orangutans who suffer in the face of such disgusting selfishness.  Who stands up for them?

From the Jakarta Post:

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan confirmed on Tuesday extension of the 2011 forest moratorium due to expire this May.

“The moratorium will be extended. We are still discussing when it will be extended until and whether coverage will be expanded,” said Zulkifli as quoted by Antara news agency.

Under the President Instruction (Inpres) No.10/2011, the government no longer issues permits for conversions of natural forests or peatland. The moratorium extension is crucial as it is part of the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2020.

Zulkifli warned that forestry companies may file lawsuits against the ministry. “We will take that risk,” he said.

On Monday, the Forestry Ministry in cooperation with the United Nations of Development Programme launched the first forest governance index to address current state of forest protection and management.

Indonesia has had one of the world’s highest deforestation rates since 1990 due to logging, pulp and paper production, agricultural expansion, fire and oil palm plantations.

“More than half of the forest in Aceh National Park is disappearing. The implementation of good forest governance through REDD+ is expected to reverse deforestation rates,” said Zulkifli. (nai/ebf)

A perspective from the other side:

Although it [new Aceh province development] seems to fly in the face of the national moratorium, the  project is possible because it hinges on Aceh’s decision to overturn its own deforestation ban which was introduced at the local level six years ago.

The ban, stronger than the national measure, was brought in by the previous local administration — but it will be scrapped under the plan.

Moratorium?  What f-ing moratorium?  It’s all about money.

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