Indonesian government decided to stopped new licenses for exploration in primary natural forests and peatlands to save the existence of the zones and an efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government decided to stopped new licenses for exploration in primary natural forests and peatlands to save the existence of the zones and an efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation, its announced on Tuesday (08/20).

Based on the government statement, President Joko Widodo has signed the decree Number 5 of 2019 concerning the Cessation of Granting of New Permits and Improving Governance of Primary Natural Forests and Peatlands on August 7.

“Termination of the granting of new primary natural forest and peatland in conservation forests, protected forests, production forests which include limited production forests, regular or permanent production forests, and production forests that can be converted, as well as other use areas as listed in the Indicative Map Termination of Granting New Licenses,” the first dictum reads.

The termination of the issuance of new permits applies to the use and use of primary natural forest areas and peatlands, with the exception being given to:

First, an application that has obtained principle approval or permission to use forest area for exploration activities from the Minister of Forestry prior to the issuance of Presidential Instruction Number 10 of 2011 concerning Postponement of Granting of New Permits and Improving Governance of Primary Natural Forests and Peatlands

Second, the implementation of vital national development, namely geothermal, oil and gas, electricity, land for national food sovereignty programs including rice, sugar cane, corn, sago, soybeans, and cassava

Third, an extension of forest utilization permit and/or use of existing forest area as long as the permit in the field of business is still valid that meets the sustainability requirements

Fourth, ecosystem restoration, the fifth is the implementation of activities related to national defense and security, the six evacuation routes for victims of natural disasters and temporary shelters for victims of natural disasters.

Seventh preparation of the central government/capital city/central government offices of national, provincial, and district/city. The eight infrastructures which are national strategic projects stipulated by Presidential Regulation and improvement of existing infrastructure; and finally supporting public safety infrastructure.

The President also instructed the Minister of Environment and Forestry to revise the Indicative Map on the Termination of New Licensing in forest areas every six months after coordinating with relevant ministries/government agencies.

In addition, it also stipulates an Indicative Map on the Cessation of New Licensing of primary natural forests and peatlands in the revised forest area.

To the Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning, the President instructed him to stop the issuance of land rights including business use rights and usage rights in other use areas based on the Indicative Map on the Cessation of New Permits.

Besides, the President also requested to accelerate the consolidation of the Indicative Map on the Termination of the Issuance of New Permits into the revision of the regional spatial map as part of improving land-use governance in collaboration with the governor and regent/mayor.

“Stop the issuance of agricultural licenses and new plantation business licenses on forest areas, peatlands and other areas of use based on the Indicative Map on the Termination of the Granting of New Permits,” said the Presidential Instruction to the Minister of Agriculture as stipulated in the third dictum.

To the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, the President instructed to postpone the construction or construction of buildings in other use areas based on the Indicative Map of Termination of Raru Permit, unless he has coordinated with the Minister of Environment and Forestry, the governor, and regents/mayors before the entry into force of this Presidential Instruction.

Whereas to the Head of the Geospatial Information Agency, the President instructed to validate and integrate the map of forest cover and Garnaut land in accordance with the Indicative Map on the Cessation of New Licensing in forest areas and other use areas every six months through cooperation with the Minister of Environment and Forestry and the Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency.

“The implementation of this Presidential Instruction is reported by the Minister of Environment and Forestry to the President every 6 (six) months or at any time if necessary,” reads the sixth dictum.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com