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Indonesia reopens peatland forests to palm oil plantations

Date : 18th February 2009, Source : The Guardian (UK)

Indonesia today acknowledged it had quietly lifted a year-long freeze on the use of peat land for palm oil plantations, fuelling fears of a rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental groups had pressed the government to maintain the ban but Indonesia's agriculture ministry said tighter controls for issuing new permits for growing palm oil on peat land had been set after a study during the past year. Indonesia is the world's fourteenth largest emitter of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels, according to 2004 figures. However that does not include emissions from deforestation and peat burning. Its extensive peat lands are a globally significant store of carbon.

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