By : Khalisah Khalid
The Presidential Instruction No. 6/2013 was issued to extend Indonesia moratorium which suspend any new license issuance and the opening of primary forests and peat lands signed by President will end on May 13, 2015.
This paper is going to strengthen the argument, why the government Jokowi important to not just continue the moratorium, but also strengthen and extend the moratorium on the basis of the spirit of the beginning of why Indonesia should have a moratorium policies and improving governance of primary natural forests and peat lands.
As a reminder, the President Jokowi has promised to provide protection against natural forests and peat lands totally, and review the licenses that are integrated in a single map (one map policy). Even in Nawacita document explicitly states that “We will establish a permanent policy that this country is at a critical point of the humanitarian harm caused by environmental damage”. Surely these policies should be a priority, and one of the policies that can be issued is through the extension and strengthening of the moratorium.
As a reminder, that the issue of deferment in granting new licenses or known as the moratorium, not a new issue. Indonesian Forum for Environment (WALHI), has voiced “Jeda Tebang” or moratorium since 15 years ago, looking at the current situation and predictions of environmental damage will be massive with the practice of uncontrolled forest exploitation and haphazard.
The moratorium campaign, has a long time before the Indonesian government through the President to convey its international commitments to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions until 26%, which was then in subsequent commitments are translated into domestic policy through Presidential Instruction No. 10/2011 and then extended through Presidential Instruction No. […]