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Papua, West Papua - Indonesia’s permanent forest-rich provinces
December 3, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has reemphasized that Papua and West Papua remain permanent forest-rich provinces thanks largely to the legal backing provided by President Joko Widodo.

This is evidenced by the fact that around 70% of Papua's landmass falls under the permanent moratorium map which prohibits the conversion of primary and peatlands. Meanwhile, the permanent moratorium map covers more than half of West Papua's landmass.

Combined, more than 65% of the total island of Papua, in excess of 26 million hectares or larger than the UK, lies within the permanent moratorium map. Nearly all of the permanent moratorium areas on the island of Papua are state forest areas under the authority of Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister.

The vast parts of the two provinces lying within the permanent moratorium map consist of conservation areas, protection and production forests, as well as some non-state forest areas. Moreover, existing palm oil concessions in Papua and West Papua still retain substantial areas with good forest cover.

As it has done in previous years, FORESTHINTS.NEWS in 2021 continued to report on various data and policy updates, especially from the Indonesian forestry authorities, within a legal corridor aimed at maintaining Papua and West Papua's forests to the greatest extent possible.

The following are a few snippets from some of the ground-breaking stories published so far this year.

A closer look at two reports on deforestation in Papua, West Papua
February 17, 2021

This news report delivered an evidence-based analysis showing that almost all the permits for palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua were issued during the 2005-2014 period under the previous administration. This legal evidence also pointed to the fact almost all of the deforestation that occurred in the two provinces to make way for palm oil development had taken place in forested areas for which the permits were granted by the previous administration.

Dealing with good forest cover in existing palm oil concessions
February 24, 2021

This story confirmed that there are still very significant areas with good forest cover distributed among existing palm oil concessions in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, equivalent to more than 17 times the size of Singapore, while also calling for legal efforts to maintain those high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas that have been identified by the Indonesian forestry authorities.

Environmental feasibility for palm oil expansion, a case study from Papua
February 26, 2021

This case study revealed that all the permits granted by Jakarta for palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua were initiated through proposed location permits from the local regents/mayors, and complemented by environmental feasibility studies from the governors of the two provinces concerned. This means that the deforestation that took place in palm oil concessions in the two provinces, enabled by the release of state forest areas, had been legally approved on the back of these environmental feasibility studies.

Indonesia’s deforestation rate drops drastically by 75.03%
March 3, 2021

This news report revealed that Indonesia's nationwide deforestation rate in the period 2018/2019-2019/2020 plunged to 75.03%, the lowest in history. This news report also divulged that the contribution of Papua and West Papua to Indonesia's deforestation rate stood at 7.4%, representing an extremely low amount of the country's total deforestation area of 115 thousand hectares during this period.

Ministry scales down proposed palm oil expansion in Papua, West Papua
April 13, 2021

This news report confirmed that Indonesian forestry authorities had significantly scaled down the level of palm oil expansion proposed by regents/mayors and governors in the provinces of Papua and West Papua. Efforts to scale down the proposed palm oil expansion have been made both during the current presidency and beforehand - although evidence exists demonstrating that almost all the palm oil permits from Jakarta for the two provinces were granted from 2005-2014.

Palm oil concession in Papua entirely processed entirely by Jokowi presidency still not deforested
April 20, 2021

This news report opened readers’ eyes to the reality that only a single palm oil permit was granted to a palm oil company in Papua, for which the entire process took place during President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration. Furthermore, this palm oil concession has not been deforested. This palm oil permit was for an area equivalent to just 2.5% of the total area for which palm oil permits were granted in Papua and West Papua during the 2005-2019 period, further reinforcing the fact that the issuance of virtually all palm oil permits in the two provinces occurred before President Jokowi took office.

Permanent forest moratorium areas in Indonesia's Papua island outsize the UK
November 10, 2021

This story reported on a legal guarantee that Papua and West Papua will continue to be Indonesia's permanent forest-rich provinces, accounting for 40% of the country's permanent moratorium map. This news report also provided an update on the distribution of permanent moratorium areas while pointing out that, despite the termination of the Letter of Intent with Norway, the permanent moratorium map remains in effect because it is legally binding as a core element of Indonesia's 2030 forestry and land use (FoLU) climate targets.


TAGS: PAPUA , FORESTS , MORATORIUM

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Papua, West Papua - Indonesia’s permanent forest-rich provinces
December 3, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has reemphasized that Papua and West Papua remain permanent forest-rich provinces thanks largely to the legal backing provided by President Joko Widodo.

This is evidenced by the fact that around 70% of Papua's landmass falls under the permanent moratorium map which prohibits the conversion of primary and peatlands. Meanwhile, the permanent moratorium map covers more than half of West Papua's landmass.

Combined, more than 65% of the total island of Papua, in excess of 26 million hectares or larger than the UK, lies within the permanent moratorium map. Nearly all of the permanent moratorium areas on the island of Papua are state forest areas under the authority of Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister.

The vast parts of the two provinces lying within the permanent moratorium map consist of conservation areas, protection and production forests, as well as some non-state forest areas. Moreover, existing palm oil concessions in Papua and West Papua still retain substantial areas with good forest cover.

As it has done in previous years, FORESTHINTS.NEWS in 2021 continued to report on various data and policy updates, especially from the Indonesian forestry authorities, within a legal corridor aimed at maintaining Papua and West Papua's forests to the greatest extent possible.

The following are a few snippets from some of the ground-breaking stories published so far this year.

A closer look at two reports on deforestation in Papua, West Papua
February 17, 2021

This news report delivered an evidence-based analysis showing that almost all the permits for palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua were issued during the 2005-2014 period under the previous administration. This legal evidence also pointed to the fact almost all of the deforestation that occurred in the two provinces to make way for palm oil development had taken place in forested areas for which the permits were granted by the previous administration.

Dealing with good forest cover in existing palm oil concessions
February 24, 2021

This story confirmed that there are still very significant areas with good forest cover distributed among existing palm oil concessions in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, equivalent to more than 17 times the size of Singapore, while also calling for legal efforts to maintain those high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas that have been identified by the Indonesian forestry authorities.

Environmental feasibility for palm oil expansion, a case study from Papua
February 26, 2021

This case study revealed that all the permits granted by Jakarta for palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua were initiated through proposed location permits from the local regents/mayors, and complemented by environmental feasibility studies from the governors of the two provinces concerned. This means that the deforestation that took place in palm oil concessions in the two provinces, enabled by the release of state forest areas, had been legally approved on the back of these environmental feasibility studies.

Indonesia’s deforestation rate drops drastically by 75.03%
March 3, 2021

This news report revealed that Indonesia's nationwide deforestation rate in the period 2018/2019-2019/2020 plunged to 75.03%, the lowest in history. This news report also divulged that the contribution of Papua and West Papua to Indonesia's deforestation rate stood at 7.4%, representing an extremely low amount of the country's total deforestation area of 115 thousand hectares during this period.

Ministry scales down proposed palm oil expansion in Papua, West Papua
April 13, 2021

This news report confirmed that Indonesian forestry authorities had significantly scaled down the level of palm oil expansion proposed by regents/mayors and governors in the provinces of Papua and West Papua. Efforts to scale down the proposed palm oil expansion have been made both during the current presidency and beforehand - although evidence exists demonstrating that almost all the palm oil permits from Jakarta for the two provinces were granted from 2005-2014.

Palm oil concession in Papua entirely processed entirely by Jokowi presidency still not deforested
April 20, 2021

This news report opened readers’ eyes to the reality that only a single palm oil permit was granted to a palm oil company in Papua, for which the entire process took place during President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration. Furthermore, this palm oil concession has not been deforested. This palm oil permit was for an area equivalent to just 2.5% of the total area for which palm oil permits were granted in Papua and West Papua during the 2005-2019 period, further reinforcing the fact that the issuance of virtually all palm oil permits in the two provinces occurred before President Jokowi took office.

Permanent forest moratorium areas in Indonesia's Papua island outsize the UK
November 10, 2021

This story reported on a legal guarantee that Papua and West Papua will continue to be Indonesia's permanent forest-rich provinces, accounting for 40% of the country's permanent moratorium map. This news report also provided an update on the distribution of permanent moratorium areas while pointing out that, despite the termination of the Letter of Intent with Norway, the permanent moratorium map remains in effect because it is legally binding as a core element of Indonesia's 2030 forestry and land use (FoLU) climate targets.


TAGS: PAPUA , FORESTS , MORATORIUM

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