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Jakarta Post

967 forestry firms under govt scrutiny

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 2 2011   /  11:12 am

A joint government team is planning stricter law enforcement against hundreds of plantation and mining firms operating illegally in Central Kalimantan, home to avoided deforestation pilot project.

The team will consist of officials from the Anti Judicial Mafia Taskforce, Forestry Ministry, Attorney General’s Office (AGO), National Police and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Data from the team showed that, from a total of 967 plantation and mining firms in the province, only 76 companies secured permits to convert the forest into business endeavors.

From 325 plantation companies with a total area of 4.6 million hectares, only 67 obtained permits from the Forestry Ministry. In the mining sector, of 615 registered companies in the province, only nine hold permits to convert forests in an area of 30,000 hectares.

Mining companies, mostly small-scale coal...