Indonesia and Norway Banding Together to Save Natural Rain Forests
On May 27, 2010, a day before the international conference deforestation starts in Oslo, the President Indonesia Mr. Yudhoyono and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg signed a Letter of Intent of a moratorium on forest conversion in Indonesia.
Per the agreement, the Indonesia government is obliged to stop the logging and conversion of natural forests during the two years, retroactive to January 2010.
The Norwegian government gave $1 billion in financial assistance to the Indonesian government. The funds will be used by the Indonesian government together with the forest community and society to do forest conservation. Hopefully, this move will preserve the rain forests that are the lungs of the earth and critical to the eco-balance of the planet.
This step was greeted with joy by the Indonesian forest society. Actually the moratorium on forest conversion has been proposed and often voiced by the Indonesia's forests community.
Forest rescue agencies such as Green Peace, have often voiced the need to halt logging until it is found the right system in forest exploitation in Indonesia.
Forest conversion moratorium is necessary to provide a time for governments, forest industries and the forest communities to organize the proper forest management system.
With proper management, the forests in Indonesia could be used continuously and maintained its preservation. But this idea got big challenge from the forest exploiting company, which always requires new land for his production expansion.
The wood industries, such as pulp and palm oil, are some of the industries that are disturbed by the agreement. They always need new land to increase production capacity. However, the agreement signed already and the Indonesian government is obliged and responsible to implement the program.
With the prevention of forest conversion, the industry is encouraged to use open land that has not optimally tilled.
"Sufficient non-forest lands exist for Indonesia to accommodate the growth of its vitally important plantation industries, a major source of livelihoods in Indonesia," the Indonesian Government Delegation in Oslo said