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Jakarta Post

Extractive industry vulnerable to natural disasters: Report

This picture taken on May 19, 2017 shows an open-pit coal mine in Jambi, south Sumatra. Indonesia will exceed its coal production target for another year as miners cash in after prices recovered from a five-year collapse, as the world’s biggest exporter will produce about 489 million metric tonnes in 2017, 18 percent above the government-mandated target, according to energy ministry forecasts, the third year in a row that the nation has produced more than it planned.(AFP/Goh Chai Hin)
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
Jakarta   ●   Tue, May 4 2021

Thousands of mines, power plants and other facilities in the extractive industry are sitting on time bombs as they are located within or near natural disaster-prone areas across the country, according to a report recently issued by a mining and clean energy watchdog coalition.

The report suggests a gap between the business-licensing process and disaster-mitigation, as well as environmental-protection measures, which could cause harm to local residents when natural disasters strike.

The report was issued by the Bersihkan Indonesia Coalition (Cleaning Indonesia Coalition), which compiled disaster risk mapping made by authorities such as the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). The coalition later...

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