26 Sep '11, 10pm

Regulation that would have legalized illegal oil palm plantations revoked #Indonesia #palmoil

Regulation that would have legalized illegal oil palm plantations revoked mongabay.com September 26, 2011 A forestry regulation that would have allowed 7.4 million hectares of oil palm plantations in Indonesian Borneo to be legalized as forestry plantations has been revoked before it ever went into force, reports Bisnis.com , an Indonesian business daily. Minister of Forestry Regulation No. 62 was quietly issued in August. The regulation would have legalized illegal oil palm plantations. Oddly the plantations would have been classified as "forest areas", according to Greenomics, an Indonesian NGO that made the regulation earlier this month. "Basically, the Minister of Forestry Regulation was only focused on how to legalize illegal palm oil plantations," Greenomics Executive Director Elfian Effendi told mongabay.com. "The most worrying aspect of [recognizing palm plantation...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0926-indonesia_reg62.html

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