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Environmental NGO forum calls for "forest cutting interval" to save Indonesia forests
Padang (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) is urging the central government and all regional administrations in Indonesia to implement a "forest cutting interval" to protect the country from total deforestation, a local Walhi executive said.
"Walhi has been proposing the measure since 2002 and is repeating it now on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5," Khalid Syaifullah, executive director of Walhi`s West Sumatra branch, said here Tuesday. Until now, only the Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) provincial administration had heeded the call and was planning to impose a ban on forest cutting later this month, he said. Walhi was hoping the NAD administration`s action would prompt all other regional governments in the country to follow suit, Khalid said.
According to data collected by Walhi, only 62 percent of the country`s land territory was still covered by forests but the pressures of developments and economic interests were causing forest degradation to occur at an ever increasing rate. "Something must be done about this situation if we don`t want the country to become completely deforested and meet a greater disaster in the future," he said.
Walhi was therefore proposing the declaration of a forest cutting interval of 15 years during which no new forest concessions would be issued and no forest concession would be extended, Khalid said. To overcome the shortages in wood supply to industries that would happen as a consequence of the forest cutting interval, the country should import timber. During the period, a comprehensive check should be conducted on the performance of forest industries and efforts made to save critical forests through reforestation, in addition to a complete halt to all tree-cutting activities. The government should also help those people whose livelihood had depended on forest-cutting activities, Khalid said.
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Wahli is the Indonesian Forum for Environment (WALHI - Friends of the Earth Indonesia), the largest forum of non-government and community-based organisations in Indonesia. See its website here.
Posted By Anne-Sophie Samjee at 10:35am on June 07, 2007
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