INDONESIAN AGENCIES SIGN MOU TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, PROTECT RESOURCES
Dozens of Indonesian government entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 17 aimed at stemming corruption and coordinating better management of the country's fisheries and forests. The document, entitled the "National Movement to Save Indonesia's Natural Resources," was signed by the Corruption Eradication Commission, the Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, the Minister of Environment and Forestry, 34 regional fisheries agencies, and 24 regional forestry agencies. Goals of the MOU include completing the zoning process for Indonesian waters, enforcing taxes on fishing operations, and simplifying the regulatory landscape by eliminating redundant rules and clarifying others. Provincial action plans are required to be submitted by mid-March, and progress reports are due in July and December. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0217-kaye-mrn-kpk-fisheries-mou.html.