Ian Kosasih of WWF Indonesia said:
If we look at the status of the area, it is not an area dedicated for palm oil, which indicates this might be illegal clearing.This tells us that law enforcement is weak and improvement is needed.
Auria Ibrahim, the forestry department's director general for forest protection, told Reuters the area was not classified as conservation forest.
Indonesia plans a two-year moratorium on new permits to clear natural forest, under a $1 billion deal with Norway aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.
Daniel Murdiyarso, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research said:
Conflicting spatial planning is the general problem. Everybody has their own idea of land classification. If someone says this area is protected but another says it is not, that's the problem.
The role of coordinating agencies should be strengthened.