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Palm oil concession in Papua processed entirely by Jokowi presidency still not deforested
April 20, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - As pointed out by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya and reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Apr 13), of the state forest areas released for palm oil expansion in Papua, only a single unit has been entirely processed from principle approval to release under Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's presidency.

The entire process was legally undertaken in response to a palm oil expansion proposal from the Nabire regent and Papua governor for palm oil company PT SMA.

The release of part of the state forest areas to the company comprises 28,817 hectares, or 2.5% of the total area released for palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua provinces from 2005-2019.

In other words, principle approval for 97.5% of the total area released for palm oil expansion during this period was not initiated in the Jokowi presidency.

Furthermore, Minister Nurbaya emphasized that the only palm oil concession in Papua whose release was wholly processed during President Jokowi’s administration has yet to be deforested at all.

“In fact, the deforestation level from this palm oil concession, since the release of the state forest area was issued until today, remains at zero as it is still undeveloped,” she said in a continued discussion on palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua during the ongoing Jokowi presidency (Apr 19).

Minister Nurbaya presented the latest Sentinel Hub images (Apr 16) confirming that the PT SMA palm oil concession has been subjected to zero deforestation as it has yet to be developed. Blocks of the concession are seen in parts of the images below.



“These images (as shown above), which are accessible to be checked by relevant stakeholders, are evidence that the PT SMA concession has zero deforestation until now,” Minister Nurbaya affirmed.

Considerable scaling down

The proposed location permit for PT SMA was granted by the Nabire regent for an area of 40,000 hectares in early July 2014, before President Jokowi took office.

A subsequent recommendation for the release of the state forest area for PT SMA was issued by the Papua Governor in November 2014, just weeks after Minister Nurbaya was appointed as Environment and Forestry Minister.

The Head of BKPM (Investment Coordinating Board) issued principle approval for the palm oil expansion in mid-June 2015.

“This means that although principle approval was granted to PT SMA during the Jokowi presidency, the process for the release of the state forest area to the company was initiated prior to President Jokowi taking office,” Minister Nurbaya explained.

The release of state forest area encompassing 28,817 hectares, as opposed to 40,000 hectares, was granted to PT SMA in April 2018 by the Head of BKPM on behalf of the Environment and Forestry Minister.

“This represents a scaling down of almost 28% from the proposed palm oil expansion for PT SMA,” Minister Nurbaya pointed out, as portrayed in the following chart.

According to the minister, of the 28,817 hectares released, 20% were allocated to the communities around the concession and, moreover, the company concerned is also obliged to set aside high conservation value forests situated within its concession. 

Below are more of the latest Sentinel Hub images demonstrating that there has been zero deforestation to date in the PT SMA concession.



Not a single principle approval in West Papua

Minister Nurbaya also provided legal evidence showing that none of the releases of state forest areas for palm oil expansion in West Papua province received principle approval during the Jokowi presidency.

She explained that from 2005-2014, there were 13 units of state forest area released for palm oil expansion with a total extent of more than 293 thousand hectares.

This total area represents a scaling down during the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration of 37.04% from the total area proposed for palm oil expansion by the mayors/regents and governor of West Papua.

Meanwhile, in the 2015-2019 period, she continued, the release of 6 units of state forest area for palm oil expansion was granted for a total area of slightly more than 104 thousand hectares.

This figure constitutes a scaling down during the Jokowi Presidency of 39.43% from the total area proposed for palm oil expansion by the mayors/regents and governor of West Papua, exceeding the corresponding level of scaling down from the Yudhoyono administration.

“What’s more, of the 6 units of state forest area released for palm oil expansion from 2015-2019 in West Papua, none were granted principle approval during the Jokowi presidency - they all came from the previous administration,” Minister Nurbaya asserted.

Jakarta has consistently scaled down the total area proposed for palm oil expansion by the provincial governments of Papua and West Papua.

There has, however, been a substantial contrast in the size of this scaling down between the previous administration (2005-2014 period) and President Jokowi's presidency - of 18.5% and 38.2% respectively, as previously reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Apr 13).

As also reported at the time by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Feb 17), Minister Nurbaya previously provided clear evidence of potential identified high conservation value forests amounting to 1.26 million hectares which are still spread over existing palm oil concessions in Papua and West Papua, an area larger than 17 times the size of Singapore.


TAGS: PAPUA , PALM OIL , DEFORESTATION

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Palm oil concession in Papua processed entirely by Jokowi presidency still not deforested
April 20, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - As pointed out by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya and reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Apr 13), of the state forest areas released for palm oil expansion in Papua, only a single unit has been entirely processed from principle approval to release under Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's presidency.

The entire process was legally undertaken in response to a palm oil expansion proposal from the Nabire regent and Papua governor for palm oil company PT SMA.

The release of part of the state forest areas to the company comprises 28,817 hectares, or 2.5% of the total area released for palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua provinces from 2005-2019.

In other words, principle approval for 97.5% of the total area released for palm oil expansion during this period was not initiated in the Jokowi presidency.

Furthermore, Minister Nurbaya emphasized that the only palm oil concession in Papua whose release was wholly processed during President Jokowi’s administration has yet to be deforested at all.

“In fact, the deforestation level from this palm oil concession, since the release of the state forest area was issued until today, remains at zero as it is still undeveloped,” she said in a continued discussion on palm oil expansion in Papua and West Papua during the ongoing Jokowi presidency (Apr 19).

Minister Nurbaya presented the latest Sentinel Hub images (Apr 16) confirming that the PT SMA palm oil concession has been subjected to zero deforestation as it has yet to be developed. Blocks of the concession are seen in parts of the images below.



“These images (as shown above), which are accessible to be checked by relevant stakeholders, are evidence that the PT SMA concession has zero deforestation until now,” Minister Nurbaya affirmed.

Considerable scaling down

The proposed location permit for PT SMA was granted by the Nabire regent for an area of 40,000 hectares in early July 2014, before President Jokowi took office.

A subsequent recommendation for the release of the state forest area for PT SMA was issued by the Papua Governor in November 2014, just weeks after Minister Nurbaya was appointed as Environment and Forestry Minister.

The Head of BKPM (Investment Coordinating Board) issued principle approval for the palm oil expansion in mid-June 2015.

“This means that although principle approval was granted to PT SMA during the Jokowi presidency, the process for the release of the state forest area to the company was initiated prior to President Jokowi taking office,” Minister Nurbaya explained.

The release of state forest area encompassing 28,817 hectares, as opposed to 40,000 hectares, was granted to PT SMA in April 2018 by the Head of BKPM on behalf of the Environment and Forestry Minister.

“This represents a scaling down of almost 28% from the proposed palm oil expansion for PT SMA,” Minister Nurbaya pointed out, as portrayed in the following chart.

According to the minister, of the 28,817 hectares released, 20% were allocated to the communities around the concession and, moreover, the company concerned is also obliged to set aside high conservation value forests situated within its concession. 

Below are more of the latest Sentinel Hub images demonstrating that there has been zero deforestation to date in the PT SMA concession.



Not a single principle approval in West Papua

Minister Nurbaya also provided legal evidence showing that none of the releases of state forest areas for palm oil expansion in West Papua province received principle approval during the Jokowi presidency.

She explained that from 2005-2014, there were 13 units of state forest area released for palm oil expansion with a total extent of more than 293 thousand hectares.

This total area represents a scaling down during the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration of 37.04% from the total area proposed for palm oil expansion by the mayors/regents and governor of West Papua.

Meanwhile, in the 2015-2019 period, she continued, the release of 6 units of state forest area for palm oil expansion was granted for a total area of slightly more than 104 thousand hectares.

This figure constitutes a scaling down during the Jokowi Presidency of 39.43% from the total area proposed for palm oil expansion by the mayors/regents and governor of West Papua, exceeding the corresponding level of scaling down from the Yudhoyono administration.

“What’s more, of the 6 units of state forest area released for palm oil expansion from 2015-2019 in West Papua, none were granted principle approval during the Jokowi presidency - they all came from the previous administration,” Minister Nurbaya asserted.

Jakarta has consistently scaled down the total area proposed for palm oil expansion by the provincial governments of Papua and West Papua.

There has, however, been a substantial contrast in the size of this scaling down between the previous administration (2005-2014 period) and President Jokowi's presidency - of 18.5% and 38.2% respectively, as previously reported by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Apr 13).

As also reported at the time by FORESTHINTS.NEWS (Feb 17), Minister Nurbaya previously provided clear evidence of potential identified high conservation value forests amounting to 1.26 million hectares which are still spread over existing palm oil concessions in Papua and West Papua, an area larger than 17 times the size of Singapore.


TAGS: PAPUA , PALM OIL , DEFORESTATION

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