Indonesia forests minister dams DiCaprio with faint praise

Indonesia's environment and forestry minister says Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio lacked complete information when he criticized the destruction of rainforests during a visit to a protected national park last month.

His comments prompted immigration officials to warn that DiCaprio could be barred from reentering Indonesia but the minister, Siti Nurbaya, says she appreciates his good intentions and hopes to cooperate with him in future.

The Hollywood star made a one-day visit to protected Mount Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra and uploaded photos to his Instagram account, expressing concerns over species whose habitats are threatened by palm oil plantations.

The minister says DiCaprio did not have comprehensive information about government efforts to stop protected forests being encroached by agriculture.

Slash-and-burn practices destroy huge areas of Indonesian forest every year.