Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Protected peatland at risk of disappearing

Personal note:

Tens of millions of pounds given to Indonesia by the EC and DFID etc, and protected forest is disappearing for the lack of half a dozen marshals costing less than the average UK government/EC official claims for expenses each year. So. Where is all this taxpayers money going?


Protected peatland at risk of disappearing

Tue, 02/16/2010 2:59 PM | The Archipelago The Jakarta Post

JAMBI: The protected peat forest in Tanjung Jabung regency is in danger of disappearing, authorities say, blaming the problem on the dearth of forest marshals.

Local forest conservation office head Riko Yuda Wirya said Monday there were currently only four marshals - far fewer than the ideal figure of 10.

Despite assistance from the local police, he added, the force was considered too weak to effectively guard the vast area against illegal logging and fires.

"We hope the Forestry Ministry will allocate more employees for the post when they hold their entry tests for new civil servants," Riko said. - JP