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Indonesian plantation firms pledge to give up land to end conflicts

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  07:38 pm
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Taken from an airplane window, this picture shows the Heart of Borneo rainforest conservation areas in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan. (thejakartapost.com/Severianus Endi)

As the government struggles to resolve land conflicts across the country, several companies have filed requests to give up parts of their concessions to local residents caught up in such conflicts. After a meeting on resolving agrarian conflict at the Presidential Office on June 12, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told journalists that her office had been making some effort to resolve land conflicts occurring within forest areas. She said one aspect of this effort involved corporations that had given up parts of their concessions, especially those that were implicated in land conflicts. After companies gave up parts of the land within their concessions, the government could later distribute the land to farmers living on the land thus ending the recurring conflict. “These conflicts were bad for their business. Therefore, they gave up some of their confl...