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Jakarta Post

No more new plantations in protected forests, rules Supreme Court

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  12:27 pm
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An aerial photo taken on March 3, 2018 shows a burned section of land for a new oil palm plantation in the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve of the Leuser Ecosystem in Trumon, South Aceh.(AFP/Januar)

The country has been losing its forests to plantation companies for years, with a large chunk of Indonesian rainforests across the archipelago converted into plantations of all kinds. Environmentalists have been lambasting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on the issue, especially for issuing a government regulation in 2015 that allowed existing plantations to continue operating in designated conservation areas and protected forests. Activists claimed that the regulation would exacerbate the problem, which prompted them to challenge it in court. The Supreme Court has decided to stand with the environmentalists on the issue. Its justices ruled in favor of the activists in early December, and ordered the government to annul an article in the regulation that allows plantation companies to continue operating in protected conser...