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'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' JAKARTA - Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

While Witoelar's remarks may seem encouraging to green groups, the Indonesian government has a poor track record of enforcing its regulations at the local level. District and regional governments often ignore federal government pronouncements while corruption can undermine law enforcement efforts. Indonesia is expected to surpass Malaysia as the world largest producer of palm oil this year. The government hopes to add 7 million hectares of plantations by 2011.

Environmentalists say oil palm plantations are destroying virgin rainforest and producing large-scale emissions of greenhouse gases. A study by Wetlands International found that the country is the third largest emitter of climate warming gases, about 85 percent of which result from deforestation and land use change, especially peatlands degradation. Indonesia's carbon dioxide emissions are rising at 4 percent annually, faster than India and China, according to a World Bank report released today. The report warned that Indonesia is at particular risk from the effects of global warming.

"Indonesia stands to experience significant losses with climate change," stated the report. "Being an archipelago, Indonesia is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Prolonged droughts, increased frequency in extreme weather events, and heavy rainfall leading to big floods, are a few examples of the impacts of climate change... Indonesia's rich biodiversity is also at risk. In turn, this may lead to harmful effects on agriculture, fishery, and forestry, resulting in threats to food security and livelihoods."



Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





inezintveld
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Hi,

good news, we should continue with the clearing of palm oil plantations and begin to restore rain forest.

- for elephants, so they will have place to roam again and enough food to eat;
- for peasants in the villages so they still have place for their crops;
- for other animals;
- .......................................

look at my avatar, see the palmoilplantation in the background ?
That was not there 50 years ago,

Inez Emoticon: Worship



inezintveld
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Hi,

If you could help please do. Emoticon: Yes!

In central Kalimantan the forest is stripped now.
The local people are trying to maintain the forest and the animals in it.
See the artivle on Indonesia log written by Barrie.

http://www.indonesialogue.com/(...)live-kalimantan.html

contact Femke in Indonesia 08 1314962608
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Or, go to the website of COP: www.orangutanprotection.com

CENTRE FOR ORANGUTAN PROTECTION,
PO BOX 2406 JKP 10024 - Jakarta

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thanks,

Inez





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