The Government Officially Formed Agency of the Peat Restoration

Bogor, January 14, 2016

President Joko Widodo officially forming the Agency for Restoration of Peat in an effort to repair peatland damaged due to forest fire some time ago. The agency is also intended to carry out fire prevention in peat in the future.

Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) formed by Presidential Decree (Perpres) No. 1 in 2016. This agency will operate using state budget began in January 2016.

"I want to tell that I have formed the Agency for Restoration of peat through to President Decree that I signed on January 6," said Jokowi, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (13/01/2016), as quoted by Kompas.com.

The main task of BRG are to coordinate and facilitate the restoration of peat in 7 province, namely, Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Papua. Sructurally of BRG composed of the head of the agency, the agency's secretary, and four deputies.

BRG will also be supported by a technical steering team, involved the governors, and a team of experts from universities, professional, research institutions, and community leaders. BRG assignment period will expire on December 31, 2020.

BRG will begin restoration of peat in Pulang Pisau District, Ogan Komering Ilir District, Musi Banyuasin and Meranti District.

"We are projecting to manage peatland ecosystems is at about 2 million hectares," said Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya.

 

Sources: kompas.com and antaranews.com (130116)

 

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