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Jambi hit with $1.2 billion losses caused by environmental damage in 2019

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Tue, December 24, 2019   /  08:14 pm
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A woman pans for gold in Batang Limun River in Sarolangun regency in 2008. Such traditional practices of gold extraction are rarely found nowadays as local miners are relying on machines to process gold more quickly. (JP/Jon Afrizal)

An environmental group has estimated that forest fires, illegal logging and mining activities in Jambi province throughout the year have caused environmental damage amounting to Rp 17 trillion (US$1.2 billion).  The Warsi Indonesian Conservation Community (KKI Warsi) reveals that the figure is the accumulation of Rp 12 trillion losses from forest and peatland fires; Rp 8 billion from illegal logging; Rp 2.5 trillion from illegal gold mining; and Rp 2 trillion from unlawful drilling. "We haven’t included the environmental destruction caused by legal activities,” KKI Warsi chairman Rudi Syaf said on Friday. Throughout this year, there have been 30,947 hot spots recorded across 157,137 hectares in the province. Over 60 percent of which was on peatland. "Twenty-five percent of peatland fires had a depth of more than 4 meters,” Rudi said. In the...