WALHI released the 2019 Outlook on environment issues in Indonesia, revealing increasing exploitation of natural resources especially from coal mining and oil palm plantation.
Approaching simultaneously regional elections this year, activist on Wednesday (14/3) slammed the democratic process will worsen Indonesia’s social ecological condition as the moment will be used to encourage more permits for mining and plantation.
The use of mercury especially on people’s mining and small mining has been creating environment damages as well as health issues. As a result, government is taking actions against the use of the dangerous chemical for people’s mining.
Indonesian government will promote cyanide use to replace mercury in its no-mercury gold mining campaign for people’s mining areas.
Government is considering to ban temporary on new permits for cement factory with one specific target, Central Java province.
After issuing forest and peatlands moratorium, the government is planning to ban new permits on oil palm and mining concessions.
Mining Business Permit owned by state-owned mining company, PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (Antam), which operates in Pongkor Mountain of Halimun Salak National Park, Bogor district of West Java, will be expired in 2021.