MORE PEATLAND FIRE DISASTER FOR INDONESIA? Pulp companies and government not transparent with restoration plans for fire prone peatland (2019)

AURIGA -  Following catastrophic fires in 2015 that burnt 2.6 million hectares (ha) and caused losses for Indonesia of US$ 16.1 billion, the Government of Indonesia prioritized the protection and restoration of carbon-rich peatlands. In 2016, the Peatland Restoration Agency was established, and regulation PP 57/2016 imposed new requirements for the protection and management of peatlands. Following up, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry issued implementing regulations that included a map of peat hydrological units covering 24.7 million ha – half of which the Ministry designated for cultivation (12.3 million ha) and the other half for protection (12.4 million ha).