The Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that each hectare (ha) of land requires 30 to 40 workers. As a result, the RHL program will need around 8.2 million workers.
"In the short term, an increase in community welfare can occur," said Siti in Jakarta on Monday, November 18, 2019.
Siti added that in the long run, the community could enjoy non-timber forest products from RHL plants. For example, jackfruits, cloves, and even macadamia which have very high ecological and economic values.
The government has prepared a budget ceiling of Rp. 2.7 trillion for the RHL program in 2019. The cost is allocated for planting trees in an area of 206 thousand hectares, as well as the development of tree nurseries in several areas.
KLHK will travel around Indonesia to observe nurseries, both those prepared by the government and the community. "Observation is important because the success of tree growth and development starts from a good nursery," said Minister Siti.
Acting Director-General of Watershed and Protected Forest Management (PDASHL) Hudoyo said the RHL program wis very important as an effort to prevent flooding and drought. "A good environment will provide good benefits for the community," Hudoyo said.
According to Hudoyo, the presence of trees can withstand the increase in the earth's temperature which is called climate change. Citing one study, Indonesia needs to plant trees in an area of 800 thousand hectares per year in order to have a stable and cool climate.
In Indonesia, rehabilitation will be directed at priority tourist destinations such as Lake Toba, Mandalika, Borobudur, Labuan Bajo and Likupa as well as the new capital city in East Kalimantan.
In addition, rehabilitation will also be carried out in 15 priority watersheds, 15 priority lakes, disaster-prone areas, dams and reservoirs.