The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) issued a regulation on how to determine and manage peat dome peaks based on the peat hydrological unit (KHG). The regulation aims to protect and manage the peat ecosystem. The title of this new regulation is the Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No. P.10/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/3/2019 on How to Determine, Designate, and Manage Peat Dome Peaks Based on Peat Hydrological Unit. This regulation was promulgated on 2 April 2019.
Some of the important points in the regulation are:
- Peat dome must be designated as a conservation area.
- Peat dome peaks can't be re-cultivated after being harvested for industrial forest products (HTI) businesses or after the plantation business license period expires.
- If there is more than one peat dome peak in one peat hydrological unit (KHG), the peat dome peak that has been utilized can continue to be utilized. However, this utilization must be done by replacing the peat hydrological function from other peat dome peaks.
- The areas outside the peat dome peaks, which can be peat conservation or cultivation areas, can be utilized. Areas with permits can be utilized until the permit period expires. Meanwhile, areas outside the peat dome peaks without a permit can only be utilized for research, science, education, utilization of non-timber forest products, or environmental services.
- The person in charge of the business or activity is required to revise the business work plan (RKU), business plan, management plan, or similar documents.