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President calls for better synergy to meet climate change targets PDF Print E-mail

Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 10/01/2011 8:00 AM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Friday that Indonesia was still facing many hurdles in carrying out its climate change agenda, including what he said was “poor coordination” among government officials, businessmen and civil society.

“The [climate change] program is not only a national agenda, but an international one as well. We should be able to address the problem with a better solution. We don’t want to lose this because [to do so would mean] we cannot achieve the higher agenda,” the President said during a meeting with representatives from the National Council of Climate Change (DNPI) and several ministers at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

President Yudhoyono to provide extra time to set up REDD agency PDF Print E-mail

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 09/17/2011 10:39 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono has issued a decree providing additional time for a presidential task force to establish a long-awaited agency to implement a two-year forest moratorium. The project has been funded by the Norwegian government to reduce forest loss in Indonesia.

The so-called REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) Plus task force was assigned with setting up the REDD agency in December 2012 at the latest. “There are many improvements in the new decree, including the involvement of officials from the Agriculture and Energy and Mineral Resources Ministries in the task force,” Presidential special staffer on climate change Agus Purnomo told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

When will the stupidity of burning peatland be stopped? PDF Print E-mail

Graham Usher and Gunung Gea, Medan | Sun, 07/10/2011 8:00 AM The Jakarta Post

In May of this year, New York extended its ban on public smoking to include outdoor spaces. How ironic that every year millions of Indonesians are forced to breathe air thick with the smoke from fires set to clear peatland for plantations. The current victims are people living along the west coast of Aceh, from Aceh Jaya to Aceh Barat Daya districts, where numerous fires have been raging on peatland during the last week; and not only on land being cleared for planting but also spreading onto existing plantations.

Investments keep flowing despite ban PDF Print E-mail

The Jakarta Post | Sat, 08/06/2011 8:00 AM

A moratorium on forest clearing prohibiting the issuance of new permits to exploit primary forests and peatland areas has not affected the industry, a senior official says.

Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said the moratorium would not affect investment in the forestry sector because it only regulated the way industrial forestry players conducted their businesses.

In the first half of 2011, realized investment in industrial plantation forests (HTI) reached Rp 23.95 trillion (US$2.81 billion), which covered 373,308 hectares of degraded land, an increase from Rp 2.63 trillion in the same period last year.

C. Kalimantan Governor rejects Russian railway plan PDF Print E-mail

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 08/04/2011 9:53 AM

Central Kalimantan Governor Agustin Teras Narang has rejected a central government plan to construct 135-kilometer-long railway line connecting Central and East Kalimantan.

Terang said the project, which Russia had agreed to invest US$2.5 billion into, could damage protected forest areas the railway would pass through. 

The governor added that Central Kalimantan was currently still focusing on the construction of railway lines connecting different areas in the province.

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