Palembang hosts Bonn Challenge meeting

Twenty-nine foreign delegates are attending the Bonn Challenge High-Level Roundtable Meeting in Palembang, South Sumatra, from Tuesday to Thursday, to discuss various environmental issues.

The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded land by 2020 and 350-million ha by 2030, as quoted from its official website, bonnchallenge.org.

source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/05/10/palembang-hosts-bonn-challenge-meeting.html

Most Mangrove Forests in Indonesia in Poor Condition

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Environment and Forestry minister Siti Nurbaya said that the condition of most mangroves on the coastal areas in Indonesia is not so good.

"52 percent of mangroves are in bad condition, while only 48 percent of them are in good condition," Sity explained while attending mangrove seed plantin in Bedono village, Sayung district, Demak regency, Central Java on Saturday (22/4).

source: https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/04/23/206868815/Most-Mangrove-Forests-in-Indonesia-in-Poor-Condition

Acknowledgment of customary forests shows govt support for indigenous people

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has confirmed support for indigenous people in Indonesia following the acknowledgment of customary forests in several areas across the archipelago, a minister has said.

“The President is consistent in promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous people in the archipelago,” Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said in a speech during the opening ceremony of the fifth congress of the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) in Tanjung Gusta, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Friday....

source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/17/acknowledgment-of-customary-forests-shows-govt-support-for-indigenous-people.html

BMKG Detects 20 Hotspots in Sumatra

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency or BMKG Pekanbaru Station in Riau has detected 20 hotspots indicating forest and land fires in six provinces in Sumatra.

“Hotspots at above 50 percent confidence level are spread across the provinces of Riau, Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Jambi and Bengkulu,” BMKG Pekanbaru head Sugarin said in Pekanbaru on Monday, April 24, 2017.

source: https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/04/25/055869182/BMKG-Detects-20-Hotspots-in-Sumatra

Conversion of peatland concessions into conservation areas commences

The Indonesian government has started the process of converting concessions and plantations in peatlands into conservation areas in its effort to prevent peat fires, which occur every year across the country. The conversion was targeted to cover 2.5 million hectares of land.

The peat conversion plan has been laid out in four ministerial regulations issued as a follow-up of the revision of a government regulation on peatland protection and the government’s peatland hydrological area (KHG) map.

source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/22/conversion-of-peatland-concessions-into-conservation-areas-commences.html