According to data from The State of Indonesia’s Forest 2018 report (Indonesian Forest Conditions 2018) released in...
99% of Indonesia's peatlands are damaged
By Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan
According to data from The State of Indonesia’s Forest 2018 report (Indonesian Forest Conditions 2018) released in July 2018, 23.96 million hectares of peatlands in Indonesia are currently damaged. This number is equivalent to 99% of the total area of peat which span up to 24.14 million hectares.
This data is based on the peat ecosystem inventory done by the Center for Agricultural Land Resources Research and Development (BBSDLP) in 2011 which has been updated and revised with KLHK data. The type of damage found in Indonesian peat from the data includes minor to severe damage. The details of the peat area are as follows:
Of this total, a total area of 2.49 million hectares of peat in 7 provinces is currently part of an area included in the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) restoration program for the 2016-2020 period. These provinces are Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Papua.
With this data, the commitment to protect peatlands and review industrial permits on peatlands needs further verification. Although the data shows that minor damage is the most common type, which is 20.77 million hectares, the permit protection and review policy must be carried out properly so that damage does not rise to severe levels.