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Main » 2013 » March » 25 » Papua Threatened, Lost 800 Thousand Hectares of Forests of Papua
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Papua Threatened, Lost 800 Thousand Hectares of Forests of Papua
Jayapura Onews,--Environmental activists urged the government to immediately revise the regulations relating to changes in the status of forests in Papua, which could result in the destruction of forests in the province.

Reported energitoday, It was submitted by Teguh Surya, political campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia forest, in Jakarta, Thursday (14/3), associated with the Decree of the Minister of Forestry Decree number 458, among others, allow forest area of ​​376,385 hectares and not the non- forest.

"We ask the Minister of Forestry and the President to revise not repeal Decree 458 because of the position of the protected forest area was irreplaceable. Meaning, Papua will lose its forest areas. [Should] we can learn a lot from the destruction of forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan," said Teguh.

Kiki Taufik, a specialist in GIS (Geographic Information System) of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, explains that issued the decree meant Papuans lost about 800 thousand hectares of their forest areas.

Analysis conducted by Greenpeace based interpretation of the SK 458, primary forest area of ​​376 thousand hectares will be converted into not protected, which means it could potentially be a productive forest areas or areas other uses (APL).

Further, there are 392 thousand hectares are changing the function of protection and conservation of forests reduced to production.

"In other words, almost 800 thousand hectares of forest in Papua potentially deforestation if the moratorium is over," said Kiki added commitments in Indonesia forest moratorium will expire in May.

Kiki added that the decree was actually signed on August 15, 2012 ago, but no public attention. "We are a little late (know), just realized when there is a moratorium on the third revision of the map where the primary forest in Papua has changed its function," he explained. "After analysis, SK is fundamental and directly to the change in its map revision."(tw)


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