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Jakarta Post

Greenpeace questions KLHK’s refusal to disclose forest map

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 10 2016   /  07:24 am

Environmental activists have lambasted the government for refusing to abide by a Central Information Commission’s (KIP) ruling that ordered them to publish a forest cover map in shapefile format.

Shapefile format for maps enables users to analyze data by overlaying different maps. It functions to provide greater transparency about who controls areas of land and what happens within those areas.

The KIP ruled in favor of Greenpeace in October, saying that geospatial information or maps in shapefile format is public information that should be published by the Forestry and Environment Ministry (KLHK).

The commission ordered the ministry to publish data on forest fires in 2012 and 2013, the permits and maps of Industrial Plantation Forest Concessions (HTI) and Production Forest Concessions (HPH), all of which are in shapefile formats.

The ministry, however, has...