Extract from “Ban on Oil Palm, Mining Expansion Offers Promise for Indonesian Forests and Smallholders”

”Prepare moratorium on palm oil and mining sites,” Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said.

The President explained the existing palm oil land is considered sufficient and the production capacity can be increased by maximizing the existing potential. ”The land has been existing. We only need good seeds to boost the production,” he stated.

Furthermore, the President will not give permission for mining companies to do expansion. ”Do not let mining concessions break forest conservation The spatial for mining is over,” he said.

The President added that Indonesia in the world’s eyes is known as a country rich in biodiversity and as the lungs of the world. Therefore, he recalled the importance of natural preservation because the hope of the world and the future of nature depend on the nature conservation in Indonesia.

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