Indonesian vice president criticises domestic players for forest exploitation

At the launch of Environment and Forestry Week in Jakarta, Indonesia’s Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, was severe in his criticism on Indonesia’s past forest management – commenting that the forests were exploited in the hope that poverty would be eliminated, but only a few prospered and the impact on the environment was so severe that it is costing trillions for forest rehabilitation.

The Vice President said despite appropriate regulations, forests were still recklessly exploited; elaborating that this mistake was as much the responsibility of Indonesia as the importing countries, which paid scant regard to the impact of heavy harvesting. Indonesia has launched several programmes to restore Indonesian forests such as the one million hectare movement, the one billion tree programme and efforts on forest rehabilitation.

 

Source: ITTO