A pledge has been made by the Indonesian Government regarding a reduction in the level of deforestation, after it was confirmed that the country now has a higher deforestation rate than Brazil.
Forestry Ministry secretary-general, Hadi Daryanto, has confirmed that the Government has taken steps to lower the levels, especially in areas that are particularly prone to the issue, such as Kalimantan and Riau.
The measures taken include the expansion and extension of the conversion of natural forests and peat land, as well as a compliance audit on numerous firms operating in Riau. The deletion of illegal logging and a provision of degraded-forest areas for economic activity will also help to stem the problem of deforestation, the Forestry Ministry said.
However, despite these measures, Hadi did say that the Ministry had so far fallen behind on its plans to clamp down on the issue in Sumatra, Jambi, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. He confirmed that the Ministry aimed to “continue to improve its performance.”
He was reported as saying in the Jakarta Post: “Today several parties, including the Forest Ministry, have signed a cooperation agreement to address haze issues under the coordination of the Coordinating Economic Ministry.”
Signing the agreement was Coordinating Economic Minister, Chairul Tanjung, Agriculture Minister Suswono, the Home Ministry’s law enforcement deputy Himsar Sirait, National Disaster Management Board chairman Syamsul Maarif,and the Environment Ministry’s disaster mitigation director Masduki.
Hadi went on to say that a further agreement would be signed later this week by the Ministry and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Home Ministry, the National Land Agency (BPN) and the Public Works Ministry. It would aim to settle territorial conflicts relating to forest areas, he said.
Companies including Greenwood Management realise the importance of such a pledge and are already working to ensure that the globe’s rainforests are preserved and safeguarded against excessive deforestation.