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No more new plantations in protected forests: Court

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 14 2020   /  01:14 am

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 criticizing 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 conservation areas and forests.

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