19 Jan '12, 8pm

Indonesia to set aside 45% of Kalimantan for conservation

Indonesia to set aside 45% of Kalimantan for conservation

Indonesia to set aside 45% of Kalimantan for conservation mongabay.com January 19, 2012 Rainforest in West Kalimantan Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) on Thursday announced a regulation that would protect 45 percent of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, according to a statement issued by his office. The regulation, which was issued January 5, aims to promote sustainable use of the natural resources of Kalimantan, and while light on details is ambitious in its goals, which include preservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecosystem services; energy independence, including oil, gas, and coal development; sustainable oil palm and rubber plantations; expansion of ecotourism; improved transportation networks; and food self-sufficiency. On the conservation front, the regulation calls for a network of conservation areas linked by ecosystem corrido...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0119-indonesia_kalimantan.html

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