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Jakarta Post

Walhi to sue Bali governor for issuing mangrove permit

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, December 24 2012   /  09:04 am

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has submitted a letter of legal notification against Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika for issuing a permit to manage 102.2 hectares of mangrove forest in the Suwung area of Denpasar to a private company.

The legal notification insists that the government revoke the permit issued to PT Tirta Rahmat Bahari, which was granted with the right to manage the mangrove forest for 55 years.

Signed by Walhi’s national secretary, Kholisah, on Friday, the notification was also submitted to the President, the Forestry Ministry, the Environment Ministry and the Indonesian Ombudsman.

According to the letter of notification, Governor Pastika violated the law and good governance principle by issuing the permit. Walhi also urged that Pastika revoke the permit, which it said went against the provincial administration’s policy to crea...