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Jakarta Post

Batang Toru proposed as forest preserve

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Fri, December 11 2009   /  09:26 am

A number of NGOs have proposed the West Block Batang Toru Forest (HBTBB) area, encompassing three regencies in North Sumatra, be declared a forest preserve following widespread environmental damage by industrial and mining operations in the area.The proposal was conveyed by environmental groups at a two-day workshop on the management of the HBTBB in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang regency, on Wednesday, which was attended by representatives from the regency administration and the private sector, traditional leaders and NGOs.Pahrian G. Siregar, from the Orangutan Conservation Services Program (OCSP), said nearly 70 percent of the area was currently used as a production forest by PT Teluk Nauli.Three other major industrial concerns — PLTA Sipansipahoras powerplat in Central Tapanuli regency, the Medco, Itochu and Ormat consortium exploring geothermal energy in Sarulla, North Tapanuli regency, a...