Indonesian Primary Forests Reduced to 64 Million Hectares

JAKARTA

Indonesian forests remaining in good condition have been reduced to 64 million hectares with 90 million hectares in critical condition, Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said.

“There are only 64 million hectares left categorized as being in good condition or primary forests,” Zulkfili said here.

He said the remaining forests must be preserved and there should be no more cutting.

“Now the forestry ministry is having the duty of replanting but the government could not do it alone,” he said after planting a tree at the Ciliwung riverside area in Gunung Tikukur, Bogor.

He said without support it would take more than a hundred year for the government to finish vegetation of the denuded forest lands.

“The empty lands could be all green again in 25 years with support such as from the private sector and state companies,” he said.

Replanting is already in process over the past years. Around 100 million tree seedlings were planted in 2009, around 200 million in 2009, around 1.3 billion in 2010 and around 1.5 billion in 2011.

So far in 2012, around 700,000 tree seedlings have been planted.

He warned farmers against bush fires saying farmers should not use fire to open new farm lands.

Indonesia has the second largest tropical forests after Brazil, but forest fires has occurred almost every year destroying extensive forest.



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