05 Oct '11, 2am

Indonesian Minister of Forestry reiterates govt’s commitment to sustainable forestry development policies

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan has reiterated the government’s commitment to applying forestry development policies which are sustainable and able to improve the welfare of people living around forests . “The Indonesian government is committed to implementing sustainable forestry development programs,” the minister said at The Second International Workshop on South-South Cooperation (SSC) in Kampar District here on Tuesday. Almost 67 percent of Indonesia’s land territory is covered by forest. Therefore, Indonesia must be able to play an active role in tackling the impacts of climate change by involving all stakeholders, especially people living around forests, he said. “We must understand that forests, especially in Indonesia, have historical and cultural ties with the local peoples, and this should be maintained,” he said. He hailed the workshop discussing the preservat...

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