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Ministry responds to Hutan Harapan road construction concerns
August 6, 2020

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Last month (Jul 9), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya responded to a letter from Germany's Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) which raised concerns about the 29 km planned road construction through the Hutan Harapan Ecosystem Restoration Concession (PT REKI).

This restoration concession stretches across Sumatra's Jambi and South Sumatra provinces spanning an area of 98,555 hectares or equivalent to more than 1.3 times the size of Singapore.

“In the minister’s letter of reply, she explained in ample detail why the track road option 2 was chosen, the location of which is within the concession but close to its boundary," the Ministry's Nature Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Director General Wiratno conveyed in writing to FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Aug 5). 

“The 29 km planned road construction will require around 174 hectares, equivalent to 0.18% of the whole REKI restoration concession,” he asserted. 

According to the director general, in terms of land cover, there are about 84 hectares of secondary forests included in the planned road construction permit, which are located inside but close to the concession boundary.

“The minister concluded her letter to the German Minister by pointing out that the Indonesian government has undertaken all possible efforts to minimize the negative impacts of the road construction,” the director general affirmed.

“The list of orders that must be carried out by the mining company in conducting the road construction were also laid out in the form of a matrix in the minister’s letter of reply,” he added.

The location of the track road option 2, which has been granted a permit by the ministry for inside the REKI concession but near to its boundary (blue line), is shown in the following Sentinel Hub images (Jul 29).



Further discussion

To further discuss the minister’s letter, an online meeting initiated by representatives of the German ministry was held in mid-July last month which was facilitated by Bappenas (the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency).

In the meeting, according to the meeting report from the Ministry’s Director for Environmental Impact Prevention of Business and Activity Ary Sudijanto, the ministry underlined that the permit for the road construction could potentially be reviewed if the mining company granted this permit (PT MBJ) fails to comply with strict measures, especially as relate to forest and wildlife protection purposes.

The ministry also stressed that if the mining company does not comply with the strict measures required of it, the environmental permit will definitely be revoked, in the event of which all operations involving the road construction would have to stop and everything reviewed. 

The ministry emphasized that the legal obligations to be fulfilled by the mining company with regard to wildlife protection are clearly not easy.

These include the building of corridors and fences of a certain height because the location of the road construction is along the boundary of the REKI concession.

The 29 km planned road under construction in the production forest located inside but near the boundary of the REKI concession will predominantly be used by coal, plantation and forestry companies. 

According to ministry data, the concession has seen the loss of nearly 20 thousand hectares of natural forests over the past 10 years - equal to more than 77% the size of Frankfurt - mainly due to encroachment, illegal logging and forest fires.

In addition to the loss of natural forests in the REKI concession, the ministry has also indicated that the equivalent of nearly 5,500 football fields were afflicted by last year’s forest and land fires in the concession.

In the wake of 2019's forest and land fires, according to a press release PT REKI posted on its website, the company has planted 1500 trees in the Hutan Harapan concession.

On its website, the company also described illegal logging as ‘quite alarming’ and a threat to forest sustainability in the concession, adding that the forest encroachment which has taken place since 2006 requires serious handling.


TAGS: FORESTS , WILDLIFE , ILLEGAL LOGGING

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POLICY

Ministry responds to Hutan Harapan road construction concerns
August 6, 2020

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Last month (Jul 9), Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya responded to a letter from Germany's Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) which raised concerns about the 29 km planned road construction through the Hutan Harapan Ecosystem Restoration Concession (PT REKI).

This restoration concession stretches across Sumatra's Jambi and South Sumatra provinces spanning an area of 98,555 hectares or equivalent to more than 1.3 times the size of Singapore.

“In the minister’s letter of reply, she explained in ample detail why the track road option 2 was chosen, the location of which is within the concession but close to its boundary," the Ministry's Nature Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Director General Wiratno conveyed in writing to FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Aug 5). 

“The 29 km planned road construction will require around 174 hectares, equivalent to 0.18% of the whole REKI restoration concession,” he asserted. 

According to the director general, in terms of land cover, there are about 84 hectares of secondary forests included in the planned road construction permit, which are located inside but close to the concession boundary.

“The minister concluded her letter to the German Minister by pointing out that the Indonesian government has undertaken all possible efforts to minimize the negative impacts of the road construction,” the director general affirmed.

“The list of orders that must be carried out by the mining company in conducting the road construction were also laid out in the form of a matrix in the minister’s letter of reply,” he added.

The location of the track road option 2, which has been granted a permit by the ministry for inside the REKI concession but near to its boundary (blue line), is shown in the following Sentinel Hub images (Jul 29).



Further discussion

To further discuss the minister’s letter, an online meeting initiated by representatives of the German ministry was held in mid-July last month which was facilitated by Bappenas (the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency).

In the meeting, according to the meeting report from the Ministry’s Director for Environmental Impact Prevention of Business and Activity Ary Sudijanto, the ministry underlined that the permit for the road construction could potentially be reviewed if the mining company granted this permit (PT MBJ) fails to comply with strict measures, especially as relate to forest and wildlife protection purposes.

The ministry also stressed that if the mining company does not comply with the strict measures required of it, the environmental permit will definitely be revoked, in the event of which all operations involving the road construction would have to stop and everything reviewed. 

The ministry emphasized that the legal obligations to be fulfilled by the mining company with regard to wildlife protection are clearly not easy.

These include the building of corridors and fences of a certain height because the location of the road construction is along the boundary of the REKI concession.

The 29 km planned road under construction in the production forest located inside but near the boundary of the REKI concession will predominantly be used by coal, plantation and forestry companies. 

According to ministry data, the concession has seen the loss of nearly 20 thousand hectares of natural forests over the past 10 years - equal to more than 77% the size of Frankfurt - mainly due to encroachment, illegal logging and forest fires.

In addition to the loss of natural forests in the REKI concession, the ministry has also indicated that the equivalent of nearly 5,500 football fields were afflicted by last year’s forest and land fires in the concession.

In the wake of 2019's forest and land fires, according to a press release PT REKI posted on its website, the company has planted 1500 trees in the Hutan Harapan concession.

On its website, the company also described illegal logging as ‘quite alarming’ and a threat to forest sustainability in the concession, adding that the forest encroachment which has taken place since 2006 requires serious handling.


TAGS: FORESTS , WILDLIFE , ILLEGAL LOGGING

RELATED STORIES