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Jakarta Post

Activists warn rising permits on mining in forests

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Fri, October 29 2010   /  10:08 am

A year after the government’s vow to cut emissions, activists say they have yet to witness the government’s real actions to meet the target, while hundreds of mining firms are ready to dig forests.

The Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) and the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) warned of the rising demand for new permits for mining activities in protected forests in several provinces.

“When the Southeast Sulawesi administration proposes a conversion of 481,000 hectares of conservation areas into mining area, the central government allowed it to happen,” Jatam campaigner Hendrik Siregar said Thursday.

Data from Jatam showed that the 481,000 hectares of conservation and protected forests would be allotted to 253 mining companies in the province.

He said that the latest case was when the government approved the conversion of 14,000 hectares of Bogani Na...