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Jakarta Post

Law ‘should settle’ definition of forest areas

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 1 2011   /  09:22 am

Before moving forward with a bill on illegal logging, the government and the House of Representatives should focus on a revision of the Forestry Law, a legal expert has said.

Agus Surono, legal expert from Al Azhar University, said that the bill was not the right solution for forestry-related problems, especially in terms of it establishing a special agency under the ministry.

“Rather than deliberating the bill, they should conduct a thorough revision of the Forestry Law, especially on criminal-related articles, because they will affect the law enforcement of illegal logging,” Agus said.

He said that one of the Forestry Law’s articles in need of revision was the definition of forest areas.

The government often misunderstood the definition of forest areas, which had triggered uncertainty in how forest areas were defined, added Agus.

He explained ...