18 Jul '11, 6pm

Interesting idea: he Indonesian gov plans to recruit and dispatch 5,000 Muslim imams to discourage forest destruction

5,000 Muslim imams to battle haze, deforestation in Indonesia mongabay.com July 18, 2011 The Indonesian government plans to recruit and dispatch 5,000 Muslim imams across the archipelago to discourage forest destruction and open burning that contributes to the choking haze now spreading across Singapore and Malaysia, reports the Jakarta Post . The plan was announced Sunday by Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan. Zulkifli was speaking at a board meeting of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's second-biggest Muslim organization. "Our forests don’t go up in flames on their own, but are intentionally burned because there is this tradition of burning the land after harvest and before planting, which has now also affected forest areas," Zulkifli was quoted as saying. He called on Muslim preachers to support the government's campaign against forest burning and illegal logging. Muslim scholars ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0718-imams_indonesia_haze.html

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