25 Apr '15, 10am

Jokowi must strengthen Indonesia's forest moratorium, not just extend it: activists

Cleared peatlands in Indonesia's Riau province. Photo: Rhett A. Butler Indonesia’s forest clearing moratorium is full of holes. At the edge of a jungle in the Sumatran village of Sumber Jaya, they pock a smoldering ruin, pluming smoke from underground at the end of a dirt road lined with oil palm. Neri, a local, said the fire had been burning for a month. The villagers hadn’t started it, he added – it had broken out spontaneously. “The area is destroyed, destroyed, destroyed, destroyed. That’s the problem,” he said from his perch on a fallen branch. “But the element of intent is missing.” Less than a month before the expiry of a freeze on new licenses for land-based exploitation in primary forests and on peat, environmentalists are calling for the moratorium to be not only extended but strengthened too, hampered as they say it has been by chaotic implementation, weak enfor...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0425-jacobson-forest-morato...

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