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Woodsman, Spare that Tree!

Environment Minister Calls for a Halt to All Logging on Bali and Java.

(2/10/2003) Indonesia's State Minister for the Environment, Nabiel Makarim, has asked the Governors of Bali and Java to issue formal decrees declaring a five year moratorium on all logging activities on the two islands.

Pointing to the recent devastating landslides in Java that killed 30 people, the Minister warned that more devastation would follow if forests were not allowed a period for reforestation to take root.

Quoted in the English-language Jakarta Post, Minister Makarim said, "Java and Bali are no longer able to produce timber."

The Minister issued his call while speaking at a environmental seminar in Surabaya, East Java, on Thursday, January 30, 2003.