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President Jokowi Issues Permanent Deforestation Moratorium

Minister of Forestry and Environment Siti Nurbaya Bakar corrected that President Joko Widodo had issued a moratorium on forest clearing for activities such as oil palm plantations and logging.
"The president signed an order to terminate new permits and improve governance of primary forests and peatlands," the minister said in a statement on Thursday 8 August 2019.

Deforestation Moratorium

The moratorium, which covers about 66 million hectares of primary forest and peatlands, was first introduced in 2011 and has been structurally updated as part of efforts to reduce emissions from fires from deforestation. From now on, new permits will not be issued according to presidential orders.

The decision was taken after the government declared a state of emergency in six provinces covering the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. The smoke from forest fires has already started in some areas and caused acute respiratory infections among other dilemmas.