Debate Over Plantations in Degraded Forests Bog Down Indonesia Anti-Deforestation Plans

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If you're following how Indonesia's plans to stop deforestation have essentially halted, The Investigative Fund has some good background:

The central hang-up within the Indonesian government is whether or not industrial-scale plantations should be allowed on lands that have been partially degraded. The Indonesia government wants to boost oil palm and acacia production in order to increase GDP while at the same time reducing deforestation of natural rainforests and carbon-rich peat soils. Allowing industrial plantations on degraded land is an important concession to the oil palm and pulp/paper companies who fear a strong moratorium will cut into their profits. But conservation groups point out that even degraded lands provide important habitats and store vast amounts of carbon when developed and should be vigorously preserved.
Read more: The Investigative Fund
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