Ministry of Environment and Forestry Claims to Restore 4 Million Ha of Forest

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Ministry of Environment and Forestry claims to have restored at least 1,05 million hectares in 2016, said a senior official, in Jakarta, on Friday (9/12). In total, the ministry had restored 4 million ha between 2015-16.

Director General of Law Enforcement, Rasio Ridho Sani, said the restoration took place on areas logged illegally, non-procedural areas for plantation, mining, settlement and agriculture.

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“The restoration is held in 44 locations, including Leuser National Park, Halimun Salak National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Lore Lindu National Park, Rinjani National Park, Airhitam Water Park in Bengkulu, Langkat North Sumatra Production Forest, Sungai Kumpeh Jambi Production Forest, and Bolaang Mongondow North Sulawesi Production Forest, also Sekaroh Protected Forest in West Nusa Tenggara,” said Sani.

Furthermore, he said that they will consider cooperating with non governmental organizations (NGO) as partner in enforcing the laws, especially strengthening data and information.

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Sani added that they have monitored 684 business permits for the past two years, with 241 received administrative sanction, — permits being revoked from three companies, 16 companies received frozen permits sanction, 84 companies under government’s watch, 23 companies received written notification, and 115 companies got warning letters.

“All those permits have already being issued so we need to strengthen more. By cooperating with NGO, it’s to strengthen the network,” he explained.

Report by Danny Kosasih