A new direction in climate compatible development: Indonesia’s Forest Moratorium
In late 2009, Indonesia made a voluntary commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2020, or by 41% with international assistance, compared to business as usual. The country aims to achieve 87% of this goal by reducing emissions from deforestation and peatland conversion. In a step towards achieving these emission reductions, and in recognition of the importance of forests to the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, a forest moratorium has been declared. On 20 May 2011, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed an instruction putting into effect a two-year moratorium on new permits for the use of primary natural forest and peatland.