Jakarta Post

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 26°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
26°C Light Rain

Rain until tomorrow morning, starting again tomorrow afternoon.

  • Thu

    26℃ - 31℃

  • Fri

    26℃ - 32℃

  • Sat

    27℃ - 32℃

  • Sun

    26℃ - 30℃

Illegal miners reoccupy national park in Poso

  • Ruslan Sangadji
    Ruslan Sangadji

    The Jakarta Post

Poso, Central Sulawesi | Tue, November 14, 2017 | 01:17 pm
 Illegal miners reoccupy national park in Poso A wooden boat rests serenely on Tambing Lake, located in Lore Lindu National Park in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi. (thejakartapost.com/Ruslan Sangadji)

Illegal gold miners hailing from many different areas sneaked their way into Lore Lindu National Park in Dongi-Dongi village, Poso regency, Central Sulawesi.

The illegal miners came in groups at night and dug an open pit in the protected area, the head of Lore Lindu National Park Sudayatna said.

“There are still miners sneaking into the national park to search for gold ore,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

There are security guards and police posts stationed at the entrance gate of the national park, but as the miners crept their way in at night, it has been hard to catch them, he added. The miners allegedly used illegal routes through locals' plantations to get in and out of the park.

Local authorities had curbed illegal mining in Lore Lindu National Park since 2016 over concerns that the activities might have a negative environmental impact.

Based on field observations by the Post, there are freshly dug holes five to 10 meters deep, covered with logs taken from the forest.

Central Sulawesi police chief Brig. Gen. Rudy Sufahriadi said the police had covered the holes and were also involved in a tree planting program on the former mining sites after the curb in 2016.

He said he would send his personnel to check the location and also to probe whether or not there were indications of unauthorized fees taken by security personnel.

“I will dismiss the members involved in the scheme,” he said. (rin)

Join the discussions