UN: Indonesia Successful in Peatland Management

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Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim, praised Indonesia`s efforts in restoring its peat ecosystems, saying it should serve as an example for other countries.

"The destruction of peatlands around the world will be a major blow to the Paris Treaty and for younger generations," Solheim said in a press release issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) on Friday.

Solheim says the international community is paying attention to Indonesia as one of the world`s largest peatlands with over 15 million hectares (ha). After the great forest and land fires in 2015, particularly peatland fires which are highly difficult to put out, the Administration of President Joko Widodo made peat improvement and governance a national priority.

After a meeting on Thursday of the Peatland Global Initiative Partners (GPI) in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Solheim requested the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo to learn from Indonesia`s experience in the recovery of peat ecosystems. "The Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo must learn from Indonesia," he said.

Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar was the event`s keynote speaker. Also present was Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, Clement Mouamba, Minister of Environment of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amy Ambatobe Nyongolo and Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Congo, Arlette Soudan-Nonau. Bakar explained the great land and forest fire in 2015, especially the peat fire, was a valuable lesson for the Indonesian Government which it responded to through policies to improve peat governance and prevention of peat fires.

"Indonesia managed to reduce the fires as much as 93.6 percent. This success is a testament to the seriousness of President Joko Widodo to make the most common land and forest fire prevention in peatlands as a national priority," Bakar said.

One of the key successes of Indonesia is the ability to effectively engage all parties across the board, including encouraging the involvement of the private sector to meet its legal obligation on peatland management. The real efforts of President Joko Widodo in managing the peatland saved millions of Indonesians from forest and land fires in the 2016-2017 period, after occurring annually for almost two decades. Strong and thorough peat governance undertaken by the Indonesian government is an exact example for all countries in the world who have similar problems.

This achievement is in line with President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla`s instructions in November 2015 which should be recognised internationally.

"Because the majority of land and forest fire problems in peatlands are universally applicable," Bakar said, during her visit to the 3rd Peatland Initiative Global Partner (GPI) meeting in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo.

In the future, two countries with the largest peat in the world, the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo will soon undertake a study in Indonesia. "Indonesia will lead south-south cooperation to tackle the Congo Basin peat for the world," Bakar said.

The Congo Basin covers three countries that have the second largest peatland in the world. The three countries are Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. In addition to Indonesia and the two Congos, the other largest peat country in the world is Peru. ( antara ) 


President Joko Widodo exercised with General Chairman of Golkar, Airlangga Hartarto at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java on Saturday morning. On the sidelines of the sport exercise, the President acknowledged that both of them discussed matters related to the development of the Indonesian nation. One of the points mentioned is discussed about the vice presidential candidate who will accompany President Joko Widodo in the 2019 Presidential Election. They discussed the criteria of the vice presidential candidate to advance in the upcoming presidential election. But, the President refused the discussion of the vice presidential candidate leading to the election of one of the figures. He views that the discussion of certain figure that will accompany him in the upcoming Presidential Election is still away ahead.

“I mentioned earlier about the possible criteria that Golkar has; what are the desired criteria of Golkar. The discussion is still about the criteria instead of individual. In our own internal, it still is not finished yet,” President Joko Widodo said.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo said that the discussion about the vice presidential candidate in the upcoming 2019 presidential election is still under discussion. He said that he still needs to meet a number of Chairmen of political parties and set the criteria in the internal forum of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle –PDI-P. Meanwhile, Airlangga Hartarto said that both of them discussed the criteria of the vice presidential candidate who can support President Joko Widodo. Airlangga also affirmed that Golkar Party has an infrastructure that is committed to maintaining the integration of the Indonesian nation, especially in facing the 2019 Presidential Election. (VO/Ndy/Trans by Rhm)


Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla will attend the National State Defense Camp held by Kwartir Nasional (Kwarnas) an organization managing the National Scout Movement, on Sebatik Island, Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan on May 1 - 6. Vice Chairman of the Kwarnas Scout Movement for Youth Members Budi Prayitno in his written statement in Jakarta on Sunday said that the National State Defense Camp will bring together Indonesian young people from various regions in the campground. One of the goals of organizing the event is to increase the intensity of interaction and mutual cooperation among the participants. Meanwhile, Chairman of Kwarnas Scout Movement Adhyaksa Dault said that for the younger generation, outdoor activities such as camps will encourage effective education for children. All the activities of the Scout Movement are aimed at building the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, practicing Pancasila, and conserving the environment. Therefore, Scout Movement in 34 provinces, 514 cities/districts are actively involved in mutual assistance, to realize the great ideals of Indonesia. (ANTARA)


Bali will become an annual host of the 2018 Indonesia-Africa Forum next April. In a press briefing in Jakarta recently, Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Armanatha Nasir said one of the points to be discussed in the forum is digital economy. Since, the digital economy has great potential that can be developed in Africa.

“What we need to see is that now, the African population as a whole is nearly 1.3 billion people and the population growth until the 21st century that’s projected 40% growth will be present in Africa. So, we can imagine that their demographic dividend or demographic bonus will be the largest in Africa; the young will be in Africa, and this will be very potential for us to develop digital economy,” Armanatha Nasir said.

Armanatha further said that so far, the relationship between Indonesia and African countries is still in political sphere. At the upcoming forum, what to be encouraged are economic relations. He said the aim of the Indonesia-Africa Forum is to introduce Indonesia's superiority to Africa, and African excellence to Indonesia in the hope of opening wider trade cooperation. Meanwhile, Director for Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Daniel Tumpal Simanjuntak said that the meeting to take place in Bali on 10 and 11th of April will be opened by President Joko WI dodo. The forum will be attended by about 550 participants from 53 African countries. (VOI/Rifai/Trans by Rhm)