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Indonesia: Palm estate is forest, says ministry

Source:  Copyright 2010, Jakarta Post
Date:  February 16, 2010
Byline:  Adianto P. Simamora
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Forestry Ministry is drafting a decree to include oil palm plantations in the forest sector to comply with international standards in mitigating climate change.

The ministry said it believed the policy would not lead to massive forest conversion into palm oil plantations as many critics feared.

“By definition, oil palm plantations will be defined as forest, but its management will be under the Agriculture Ministry,” head of research and development at the ministry, Tachrir Fathoni told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

He argued that many countries such as Malaysia, the world’s second biggest palm oil producer after Indonesia, had included oil palm plantations in its forest sector.

“By doing so, Malaysia can reap financial incentives from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of carbon trade,” he said.

He said that the UN only categorized trees with a certain height as forest trees, without identifying ...

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