17 Jun '11, 4am

Indonesia's forest moratorium via @mongabay

Areas of secondary forest are not covered. These are widespread and valuable for carbon, biodiversity and livelihoods. There is no mention of the Minister of Mines and Energy in the decree, and it is not clear how permits for non-exempted mining activities (i.e. coal and minerals) will be addressed. The Ministry of Agriculture is also not mentioned in the decree. Community-based forest management and other sustainable activities that do not result in forest conversion are not included in the exemptions. No information is provided on the extent and location of existing permits that are exempted from the moratorium. It is unclear what will happen with the many permits that may have been issued illegally.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0617-indonesia_moratorium_w...

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