25 March, 2011
Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam said that the presidential regulation on forest conversion moratorium will be issued this month. The policy that is linked with the Indonesia- Norway cooperation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) has been hampered by questions on the scope of the moratorium, such as whether it will only include primary forests or also secondary forests.
The Head of Palm Oil Entrepreneurs Association, Joefly Bachroeny, hoped that the moratorium will not impact on land expansion for palm oil, which is Indonesia’s premium product. “I think the government is also aware of the moratorium’s consequence.” EKO ARI WIBOWO