Environmental Groups Criticize the Indonesian Government’s Decision to Issue New Timber Concessions in Aceh
The government has granted new concessions to five timber companies, in addition to 13 companies that already held concessions. Aceh has remaining forest areas of 3.3 million hectares, including 638,000 hectares designated as production forests.
The government says that the concessions are vital to supply much-needed timber for Aceh’s post-tsunami reconstruction effort. But environmentalists, including Walhi, WWF, and Greenomics, protest the decision, arguing that more than 30 percent of Aceh’s forests have already been lost from land clearing and illegal logging.
“Govt Dismisses Criticism of Aceh Forest Concessions,” Jakarta Post, 8 April 2006.