Key conference on peatland management kicks off in Jakarta in the aftermath of haze crisis.

Nov 13, 2015

Jakarta, November 13 2015 – Ahead of the the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21), the Government of Indonesia and UNDP on Friday held an international conference on sustainable peatland management. At least 27 international forestry experts attended the two-day conference which will also discuss long term solution to Indonesia's fire and haze crisis. 

Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla opened the conference and he called all parties to come up with a concrete solution to prevent a repeat of the haze crisis, which affected air quality in the neighboring countries of Malaysia and Singapore.

“We invite everyone to find solutions together. This will not be a meeting to find root causes but rather a technical meeting to determine what to do this year, the second year and so on,” said Kalla at the opening of the two-day meeting.  

“The government will allocate appropriate budgets and we will also ask corporations to bear the common responsibility. Not only keeping it in Singapore but return it to restore the environment,” added Kalla.

Attended by 200 participants, the conference expects to issue a preliminary road map to tackle haze problems in Indonesia as well as efforts to cut emission through a sustainable management of peatland in Indonesia, which will be presented during the COP 21 meeting. 

In her opening speech, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya reiterated the commitment of President Joko Widod to protect Indonesia's forest, adding the government had extended the moratorium on primary forest and peatland. She added the president has instructed all of the line ministries to build evacuation posts for the all the affected communities as well as giving health services, in light of the haze problems. 

The conference also aims to identify strategic partnership on sustainable management of peatland, as well as best practices on peatland management, conversion and restoration of degraded peatland in Indonesia. 

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry jointly organized the international conference with support from the Norwegian Embassy in Indonesia.

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