Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Hopes for our Forests

Rain-forests in the Indonesian islands of Sumatera and Kalimantan are getting more and more ' bald ' every year.

According to data provided by the government, in the period of 2000 - 2006, deforestation cost 1.09 million hectares of forest land annually.

The main cause of this massive deforestation is the issuance of licenses by the Department of Forestry that allowed the transformation of forests, including protected forests, into commercial purpose area, among others for huge plantations.

Considering these frightening facts, I was very happy when the news media reported about some 'winds of changes' that seems to be blowing into the right direction.
First, there was the new Environmental Protection and Management Law that provide better protection a.o empowering the Forestry Police with authority to investigate.
Secondly, there's President SBY's promise at the G20 Summit Meeting last September that Indonesia shall lower its Emission to 26% by the year 2020, implying that we will make very serious efforts to stop the process of deforestation.
Thirdly, there was the statement of the new State Minister of Environment that warned the new Minister of Forestry to stop transformation of the forest.

For detailed reports on the above, please click here, here, here and here.

I hope that the State Minister of Environment will always cooperate and coordinate very closely with the Minister of Forestry to make sure that the process of deforestation in every parts of Indonesia can be stopped or at least minimized. Beside, companies that have been given licenses to convert industrial forests would be force to fulfill their re-planting obligation. That way, forests in Sumatera, Kalimantan, Papua and other islands in Indonesia would not be so ' bald ' anymore.

Photo: Courtesy of Okezone


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Anonymous said...

I hate to see that Harry. The devastation is horrid. I worked in Malaysia for a couple of years once, in Port Klang, and watched the barges coming in daily from Kalimantan loaded down to the gunwales with huge teak and benkirai and other irreplaceable timber. All massive girth trees that had taken a few hundred years to grow, and all now gone.

H. Nizam said...

It is horrible! The worst thing is that many of the logs are reported to have been illegally cut.
What surprised me is that those large size logs can be exported illegally. Money talking again/