SINGAPORE, May 13 (Bernama) -- Indonesia, through a Presidential Instruction, has extended the moratorium on new licences for the utilisation of primary forest and peatland, which expires Wednesday.
Its Deputy Minister for Environment Degradation Control and Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Arief Yuwono said the instruction would enable the forestry ecosystem to recover while allowing improvements to be made on its governance.
"The instruction is an instrument which will help the government to focus actions on preventive measures on forest fires, controlling the fires and improve on the law enforcement.
"I believe the enacted instruction that has been approved today for the next two years, can continue to help combat the forest fires and issues relating to it that is causing the haze," he told reporters on the sidelines of the 2nd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources here.
The instruction, which also complements other existing laws, was first imposed in 2011 for two years, and extended by an enactment on May 13, 2013 for the same period, to correct and strengthen forest management efforts by embedding the principles of transparency and innovation within.....