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Jakarta Post

Govt allows mining in protected forests

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 25 2011   /  07:00 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a regulation to pave the way for business people to run underground mining operations in the country’s protected forests with use of a land swap system.

The regulation is eligible for mining companies of all minerals.

“It is applicable for all minerals,” Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto told The Jakarta Post.

He said the policy was aimed at preventing forest destruction.

“Conservation and forest protection would be prioritized while digging for rich mineral sources under primary forests,” he said.

The regulation says companies securing permits for underground mining are required to substitute each hectare awarded to a concession holder in the land swap system.

In provinces with total forest area of less than 30 percent of its river basin, the company should substitute land ...