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Compensation from forest fire cases: Urgency to reform law enforcement

  • I Ketut Dharma Putra Yoga

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24, 2019   /  03:06 pm
Compensation from forest fire cases: Urgency to reform law enforcement Officials from Safe and Rescue office in Jambi try to put out fire in the region. Thick smog from a series of peatland fires across Jambi has started to affect everyday life in the province. (JP/Jon Afrizal)

Indonesia recently experienced the height of ruthless forest fires, particularly in West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Riau, Jambi and South Sumatra. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Indonesia has experienced 1,226 forest fires in the last 10 years. Many companies have been penalized by the court but the number of forest fires have only increased, suggesting hardly any deterrence effect on the companies. Additionally, the government failed to heavily implement the “zero tolerance” principle. In fact, the government seems reluctant to prevent forest fires by imposing strict punishment on the perpetrators. In 2015, a civil claim was filed by the community against the government in connection with the forest fires. The community, represented by the smoke emergency advocacy team, Central Kalimantan, sued President Joko &...

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