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Statement: Indonesia Expands Protection of Carbon-Rich Peatlands With Update to Government Regulation

by Christin VanZant last modified Jan 04, 2017 05:31 PM
Contributors: World Resources Institute
JAKARTA (December 5, 2016)— Today the Government of Indonesia issued a revision to Government Regulation No. 71/2014 regarding the protection and management of peatlands, wetland areas that are a major source of carbon emissions when drained or burned.

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Indonesia is showing how it is possible to be a leader in both climate and public health with the revision of the Government Regulation No 71/2014 to conserve and restore peatlands. By strengthening the efforts to prevent damages to peatland such as by banning virtually all conversion of peatlands for certain plantations and by encouraging peat restoration, this regulation will be a major contribution to the Paris climate agreement and a relief to millions of Indonesians who suffer the effects of toxic haze from peat fires.

 

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