The provincial government of Jambi will build 72 villages as models, following the Peatland Restoration Agency, or BRG, program, with more than an estimated 150,000 hectares of forest and peatland areas to be saved.(Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Jambi to Build 72 Villages as Peatland Restoration Prototype

BY :RADESMAN SARAGIH & RATRI M. SINIWI

NOVEMBER 07, 2016

Jakarta. The provincial government of Jambi will build 72 villages as models, following the Peatland Restoration Agency, or BRG, program, with more than an estimated 150,000 hectares of forest and peatland areas to be saved.

These villages, known as "peat villages," would be introduced to sustainable peatland management and encouraged to grow peat-friendly crops, such as coffee and pineapples, to be managed by the national and provincial BRG.

“The development of the peat village will be effective to help conserve Jambi’s critical peat and forest areas and it is expected to support rural development,” Fachrori Umar, Jambi deputy governor, said on Sunday (06/11).

With 900,000 hectares of peatland and forest area, nearly 200,000 hectares have been destroyed by forest fires. However, the provincial government believes that a fraction of what was thought destroyed beyond repair can be saved.

“Jambi targets to restore 151,662 hectares of peatland over the next five years … With the 72 peat village developments, we hope that this will promote the restoration,” he added.

Nazir Foead, BRG head, said provincial and central governments need to accelerate peatland restoration programs so peatland and forest areas do not become extinct in Indonesia.

According to BRG head, Nazir Foead, provincial and central governments need to accelerate peatland restoration programs so that peatland and forest areas do not become extinct in Indoensia.

“Forest and peatland fires was one of the main causes of peatland degradation of last year. This year, peatland and forest degradation was able to be reduced after taking steps in preventing fires and next year we will face a longer dry period, and we must prepare ourselves for that,” said Nazir.

The villages will begin developments in 2017.

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