Prior to the signing on 13th May 2013, there have been a broad public debate and several forums have been organized by different organizations, such as UNORCID and WRI, to revisit the achievements of the moratorium and to discuss what should be the next steps, including at that time, the moratorium extension.
Although the moratorium has been criticized for its weaknesses, it has been perceived by various stakeholders as an important initiative for improving management of forest resources – it has helped to “pause” “business-as-usual” patterns, and to give the government and other stakeholders more time to take actions needed for low-emission development. It was the first time that Indonesia committed to halt deforestation at a large scale, and in this way committed to improve forest governance.
Link to Presidential Instruction no. 6/2013 (English)
Link to Presidential Instruction no 6/2013 (Indonesian)
Link to the Embassy’s opening remarks during the UNORCID’s Workshop on Indonesia’s Moratorium on Primary Forests and Peatland on 1st May 2013