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Indonesia to lift ban on military facilities in primary forests

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 1, 2018   /   08:39 am
Indonesia to lift ban on military facilities in primary forests Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar. (Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

The Indonesian government is planning to revise a presidential instruction (Inpres) that prohibits the construction of buildings and other infrastructure, including military-related facilities, on primary forest land and peatland.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said in Jakarta on Wednesday that proposed revision of Inpress No. 6/2017 on the permit issuance for primary forest land and peatland came in response to a request by Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Ryamizard called for an exemption in the regulation for the construction of military-related facilities.

Siti said under the Inpres, the government was prohibited from issuing licenses for any development in primary forests and peatland except for the government's strategic projects.

"I think the [Ryamizard’s] request is reasonable because defense-related facilities such as military airports are not included on the list of strategic projects," she said at the Presidential Palace.

The Inpres was originally issued in 2011 and has been revised every two years. The latest update was in the form of Inpres No. 6/2017 that was signed in June, last year.

"I will study it with my team," Siti said. (bbn)