Criticized, Kelapa Sawit So Forest Tree

Monday, September 19, 2011

Greenpeace condemned the release of the Minister of Forestry (Permenhut) which accommodates the oil palm as part of forest plants. This could potentially increase the destruction of peatland forests and increase carbon emissions.
That policy contained in Permenhut Number 62/Menhut/II/2011 on Forest Plantation Development Guidelines on Various Types of Business License Timber Utilization in Industrial Forest Plantation (IUPHHK / HTI) issued August 25, 2011 and promulgated on September 6, 2011.
"We consider that the Ministry of Forestry to lie and not consistent in its commitment to maintain Indonesia's remaining forests. Permenhut discharge is a form of failure of the government in enforcing the law relating to breach of the expansion of oil palm plantations in forest areas, "said Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace forest campaigner, on Monday (9/19/2011), in Jakarta.
According to him, with the inclusion of forest plantations in the category, it is feared will lead to the growing emissions from the destruction of forests and peatlands which are now very large. Moreover, it also justifies dibabatnya forest to be used oil palm plantations. "This is clearly contrary to the commitment of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for Indonesia to reduce emissions 41 percent by 2020," said Bustar.
Consumption of crude palm oil (crude palm oil / CPO) and the increasing use of palm oil for biofuels in the international market has resulted in widespread destruction of forests and peatlands in Indonesia. Minister of Forestry of this step will exacerbate the destruction of Indonesia's natural forest remains because it gives the opportunity to hide behind the plantation forest category.
For information, Indonesia is the country with the fastest rate of deforestation throughout the world, so placing it as the country's greenhouse gas emitter in the world's third largest. Greenpeace analysis has identified there are about 5.4 million hectares of oil palm plantations that overlap with areas of forest and peat. On March 18, 2011 the government also has revoked the licenses principle of the release of forest land for oil palm plantations covering 182 companies throughout Indonesia because it allegedly has penetrated the forest area without a legitimate procedure.
"Minister Zulkifli Hasan Permenhut should immediately cancel this and start focusing on how to protect Indonesia's remaining forests, biodiversity, and communities dependent on forests. If passed, enormous destruction of forests will continue to occur and the minister will be responsible for the failure of Indonesia to meet emission reduction commitments that have been made President, "he said. | Sains.Kompas
Share this article on :