Indonesian President Joko Widodo has issued a permanent moratorium on new forest clearance for activities such as palm plantations or logging. The moratorium, which covers around 66 million hectares (254,827 square miles) of primary forest and peatland, was first introduced in 2011 and has been renewed regularly as part of the efforts to reduce emissions from fires caused by deforestation.
Indonesia currently has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world as its rainforest is raided for resources and chopped down for the palm oil industry. Sadly, Indonesian rainforests are some of the most biologically diverse in the world and are home to some of our favorite animals like orangutans.
Extending the moratorium indefinitely is most certainly a step in the right direction.