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Looking at utilization maps for new rice field targets
July 1, 2020

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - It is very relevant, both technically and legally, to gain a comprehensive understanding on the allocation of utilization zones in the former Mega Rice Project (MRP) landscape which lies in Central Kalimantan province. 

In the middle of March 2007, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a legal order which included utilization maps for ex-MRP blocks of 559,900 hectares, or nearly 8 times the size of Singapore.

Referring to President Yudhoyono's order, out of the total area earmarked for utilization zones, 406,900 hectares, or more than 5.5 times the size of Singapore, were allocated for agricultural developments, including rice fields, palm oil expansion and other crops.

Meanwhile, the remaining 153,000 hectares, over twice the size of Singapore, were allocated to be utilized by the forestry development sector.

As previously reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jun 29), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya recently presented new rice field targets to be achieved by means of intensification and extensification.  

Among other matters, her presentation slides on this issue included land cover changes in protection and utilization zones in ex-MRP blocks from the 1990s until today.  

The following two maps, which are attachments to President Yudhoyono's order, can serve as a reference to study the levels of utilization in ex-MRP blocks, starting in mid-March 2007 until certain periods.



Through time-series based satellite technology, it is very easy to trace back land cover situations in certain periods, especially by referring to the two maps above, and to draw lessons learned.

Utilization zones for new rice fields

The 406,900 hectares allocated for agricultural developments in President Yudhoyono's order included 123,000 hectares, or nearly double the size of the capital city, were targeted for new rice fields.

This means that the utilization zones in ex-MRP blocks mapped by the Yudhoyono administration for both agricultural developments and the forestry sector were almost equivalent to the size of Bali. 

Joko Widodo's administration, meanwhile, has targeted 165 thousand hectares of new rice fields, of which 85 thousand hectares are existing. Most of this area still needs its irrigation system rehabilitated to serve the existing rice fields.

Meanwhile, over an area of 79 thousand hectares, the irrigation system needs to be enhanced to expand coverage areas to meet the extensification target.

Both the intensification and extensification targets were recently outlined by Minister Siti Nurbaya, as detailed in an earlier story by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jun 29).

Regarding the locations to be used to achieve these two targets, the minister explained that no peat areas and no orangutan habitats would be included, and that these locations are utilization zones legally classified as non-state forest areas (APL) lying in ex-MRP blocks.

As explained above, it is very relevant to scrutinize President Yudhoyono’s utilization maps that were set for agricultural developments, including rice fields, covering an area of 406,900 hectares, or more than six times the size of Jakarta.

The 165 thousand hectares targeted for new rice fields by President Widodo's administration, more than half of which are existing rice fields, also lie in the utilization zone maps signed by President Yudhoyono in mid-March 2007.


TAGS: RICE FIELDS , PEATLANDS , ORANGUTAN

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POLICY

Looking at utilization maps for new rice field targets
July 1, 2020

facebookfinal.png wafinal.png twitterfinal.png emailfinal.png

JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - It is very relevant, both technically and legally, to gain a comprehensive understanding on the allocation of utilization zones in the former Mega Rice Project (MRP) landscape which lies in Central Kalimantan province. 

In the middle of March 2007, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a legal order which included utilization maps for ex-MRP blocks of 559,900 hectares, or nearly 8 times the size of Singapore.

Referring to President Yudhoyono's order, out of the total area earmarked for utilization zones, 406,900 hectares, or more than 5.5 times the size of Singapore, were allocated for agricultural developments, including rice fields, palm oil expansion and other crops.

Meanwhile, the remaining 153,000 hectares, over twice the size of Singapore, were allocated to be utilized by the forestry development sector.

As previously reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jun 29), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya recently presented new rice field targets to be achieved by means of intensification and extensification.  

Among other matters, her presentation slides on this issue included land cover changes in protection and utilization zones in ex-MRP blocks from the 1990s until today.  

The following two maps, which are attachments to President Yudhoyono's order, can serve as a reference to study the levels of utilization in ex-MRP blocks, starting in mid-March 2007 until certain periods.



Through time-series based satellite technology, it is very easy to trace back land cover situations in certain periods, especially by referring to the two maps above, and to draw lessons learned.

Utilization zones for new rice fields

The 406,900 hectares allocated for agricultural developments in President Yudhoyono's order included 123,000 hectares, or nearly double the size of the capital city, were targeted for new rice fields.

This means that the utilization zones in ex-MRP blocks mapped by the Yudhoyono administration for both agricultural developments and the forestry sector were almost equivalent to the size of Bali. 

Joko Widodo's administration, meanwhile, has targeted 165 thousand hectares of new rice fields, of which 85 thousand hectares are existing. Most of this area still needs its irrigation system rehabilitated to serve the existing rice fields.

Meanwhile, over an area of 79 thousand hectares, the irrigation system needs to be enhanced to expand coverage areas to meet the extensification target.

Both the intensification and extensification targets were recently outlined by Minister Siti Nurbaya, as detailed in an earlier story by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Jun 29).

Regarding the locations to be used to achieve these two targets, the minister explained that no peat areas and no orangutan habitats would be included, and that these locations are utilization zones legally classified as non-state forest areas (APL) lying in ex-MRP blocks.

As explained above, it is very relevant to scrutinize President Yudhoyono’s utilization maps that were set for agricultural developments, including rice fields, covering an area of 406,900 hectares, or more than six times the size of Jakarta.

The 165 thousand hectares targeted for new rice fields by President Widodo's administration, more than half of which are existing rice fields, also lie in the utilization zone maps signed by President Yudhoyono in mid-March 2007.


TAGS: RICE FIELDS , PEATLANDS , ORANGUTAN

RELATED STORIES