Indonesia has advocated for a permanent moratorium on new oil palm farms to meet climate targets

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To make headway against deforestation and fulfil its climate objectives, environmentalists say Indonesia should make its temporary moratorium on new licences for oil palm farms permanent.
Indonesia, which has the world’s third-largest tropical forests and is also the world’s largest palm oil producer, has imposed a three-year moratorium on plantation licences, which will expire in September.
The moratorium aimed to avoid forest fires, deforestation, and land conflicts and assist, achieve the Paris Climate Agreement’s emissions reduction objectives, improve supervision, and speed up attempts to enhance yields among smaller palm oil farmers.
Mr Yuyun Harmono, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment’s climate justice campaign manager, said a three-year moratorium was insufficient to achieve the goal.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo imposed a separate permanent moratorium on new forest clearing for industries such as palm plantations or logging in 2019, encompassing about 66 million hectares of primary forest and peatland.
Despite better protection in parts of Southeast Asia, tropical forest losses throughout the world equalled the size of the Netherlands last year, according to satellite monitoring firm Global Forest Watch (GFW).
Conservationists blame commodity production, such as palm oil, which is used in everything from margarine to soap and gasoline, and mineral extraction for most forest degradation as it is cleared for plantations, ranches, farms, and mines.

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