Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Uncertain Forest Moratorium

On 26 May 2010, the Indonesian government signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Norwegian government in Oslo, whereby Indonesia promised to reduce emission from deforestation and degradation (REDD), and Norway will pay a compensation of US$ One Billion in return.

For this purpose, the Indonesian government shall impose a Forestry Moratorium i.e. stop deforestration for a two years period starting 1 Januari 2011.

But unfortunately, until today, 18 January, the government still has not made any decision to stop deforestation in Indonesia.

I wonder whether the government delayed the moratorium because of the strong protests made by forests based businessmen and politicians who said that the compensation offered by Norway is too small compared to tax money that the government would collect from palm plantation and forestry industries.

I really hope that the government would stick to the commitment stated in the LoI, not just because of the US$ One Billion compensation but most of all because it will save our forest from destruction at least for the next two years.

Sources :
-  Menhut tegaskan LoI Indonesia-Norwegia Lindungi Hutan (HukumOnline)
LoI Moratorium Hutan Jangan Ditanggapi (Kompas) 
Kompensasi Moratorium Hutan Indonesia Dinilai Terlalu Kecil (WWF)

10 comments:

colson said...

Temporarily stopping deforestation at such a short notice?

This Forestry Moratorium was/is a fairy tale. Sympathetic and unrealistic, I'm afraid. If the Indonesian government can't keep this promise it may be disappointing but not isn't proof of failure at all. The deal with Norway still can be met.

Wisata Murah said...

I hope to have a solid and credible government
what has been decided to not be affected by a party that only a moment to take advantage

the dream catcher said...

err, they did ever think of anything else than money?

Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont said...

I hope so too, Harry. So, here I am, returning your visit. :-)

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
I am not sure, I haven't heard about the government's decision on this. Maybe they are too busy trying to answer critics from businessmen and politician.
I hope that they would immediately comply with the LoI so as to save the forest.

@Wisata Murah,
I also hope that the government would be more serious in protecting our forests.

@Ria/The Dream Catcher,
Yeah, I think you are right. Those politicians and businessmen are just the same.

@Ana,
Hello Ana my dear friend from London! I am very glad to see you again. Thank you.

boyin said...

typically third country mentality, speechless...

Thomas said...

i think the our Government have not enought commitment to reduce the forest destruction. There are so many 'GAMES'the played behind.....maybe not at all of them....but without strong commitment....this will be add the failure.....

H. Nizam said...

@Boyin,
Hopefully this way of thinking would change soon.

@Thomas,
You are right, the government should have strong commitment to protect our forests.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Stop deforestation permanently.In Indonesia and globally - the world needs it!

H. Nizam said...

Hi Peter,
Yeah, illegal deforestation must be stopped everywhere.