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Jakarta Post

Post-extractivism in Indonesia: Is it possible?

  • Poppy S. Winanti
    Poppy S. Winanti

    Teaches at the international relations department, Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, October 19, 2017   /  10:21 am
Post-extractivism in Indonesia: Is it possible? Kaolin Mining Lake is available in two locations: Nibung Village in South Bangka and Tanjung Pandan town in Belitung. (Shutterstock/File)

Recent fierce resistance from civil society to offshore tin mining in Belitung and East Belitung regencies poses an intriguing question as to whether this movement can be regarded as a new beginning toward post-extractivism in Indonesia. For the last couple of years, civil society in Belitung has been resisting offshore tin-mining activities on account of their damaging impact not only on the environment but also their social and economic life. Data from environmental science and conservation news and information portal Mongabay (2016) predicts that more than 20 villages in a coastal area and around 9,000 fishermen will be affected if offshore tin mining is allowed in these regions. Unlike their neighboring district in Bangka where offshore tin-mining activities have already been massively undertaken, to date, offshore tin mining activities are still unable to operate owing to i...

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