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Indonesia Sets Up Peatland Restoration Agency after Fires

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Jakarta, – Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) telah mendirikan sebuah badan untuk mengembalikan sekitar 2 juta hektar (5 juta are) lahan gambut kaya akan karbon rusak oleh kebakaran yang mengirim asap di seluruh wilayah tahun lalu membuat marah negara-negara tetangga.

Kawasan itu menderita setiap musim kering dari yang disebut kabut asap yang disebabkan oleh kebakaran membara, sering diatur sengaja untuk membersihkan lahan untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit di pulau-pulau Sumatra dan Kalimantan.

“Saya telah menugasi lembaga tersebut dengan menciptakan dan menerapkan rencana aksi sehingga kita dapat meyakinkan dunia bahwa kami sangat serius tentang mengatasi kerusakan yang ditimbulkan dari hutan dan lahan gambut,” kata Jokowi kepada wartawan Rabu.

he agency will work until 2020 in seven provinces on Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua islands.

The fires and pollution were particularly bad last year because of dry weather caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon with smoke blanketing neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia for weeks and drifting as far north as the Thai capital, Bangkok.

The fires cost Indonesia $16 billion, according to the government.

Efforts by Indonesia and neighbouring countries to prevent the fires and put them out after they start, have shown little success. The fires last year only ended when the rainy season arrived.

A $565 million lawsuit brought by Indonesia against a pulp and paper company was rejected by a court last month, dealing a blow to government efforts to punish those who set the fires to clear land.

Indonesia is the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

(isb)

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