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Jakarta Post

Govt may allow mining of protected forests

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 26 2009   /  01:30 pm

The government has revealed plans to amend the law on natural resource conservation, which could pave the way for mining companies to exploit the country's rich mineral resources in protected forests. Director general for forest protection and natural conservation at the Forestry Ministry, Daruri, said that many mineral resources, including coal or geothermal sources were located in conservation forests. "We are now reviewing articles prohibiting mining activities in conservation forests," Daruri told a workshop Wednesday. The 1990 Natural Resources Conservation Law prohibits the mining sector from exploiting mineral resources in conservation areas. Meanwhile, the 1999 Forest Law stipulates that non-forest activities can only be conducted in both protected and production forests. Daruri, however, immediately warned environmental activists not to politicize the pl...