Indonesia's moratorium on new forest licenses: An update

Sloan, S. (2014) Indonesia's moratorium on new forest licenses: An update. Land Use Policy , 38. pp. 37-40.

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In 2011 Indonesia decreed a moratorium on forest licenses over 69 million hectares (Mha) in order to suspend haphazard forest exploitation. However, only ∼12–22 Mha were actually afforded new protection from licensing. Herein I observe a further 5.5 Mha of moratorium area overlapping forest licenses and therefore subject to excisement from the moratorium. These 5.5 Mha, like the 4.5 Mha excised from the moratorium to date, are not readily explicable outside of small government committees. This highlights the quasi-transparency of the mapping process: the moratorium map is widely disseminated, yet its base data and decisions made on their basis are guarded. Implementing ministries seek to comply with reforms while simultaneously protecting their administrations from upset – an ultimately compromised position with tangible implications. This has undermined acceptance by the inherently sceptical Indonesian conservation community; yet its highly critical ‘watch dog’ role has ironically contributed by heightening government wariness. The way out of this dynamic is for the ministries to render all data public and, critically, be prepared to weather the inevitable wave of data-fuelled attack for the public good.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indonesia Moratorium Transparency Forest licenses Concessions
Author Affiliation: Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, and School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University,P.O. Box 6811, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia
Subjects: Soil Science and Microbiology > Soil Sciences
Environmental Science > Natural Resources
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Daneti Raju
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2013 13:00
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2013 13:00
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