12 ministries, governmental institutions involved in illegal logging and mining: Commission

The Jakarta Post 

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Busyro Muqoddas said a study on corruption conducted by the commission found that illegal logging and mining practices in Indonesia had involved at least 12 ministries and/or non-ministry governmental institutions.

Busyro went on to say that forest crimes occurred because the government conspired with perpetrators in forest areas used for intransparent business.

“Perpetrators of forest crimes are often called ‘unidentified officials’, however they commit the crime collectively,” said Busyro in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

He made the statements in a discussion, on Monday, held by Change.org in cooperation with Public Virtue Institute, End of the Icons, and Humanitarian Forums Indonesia at Muhammadiyah Central Board office to commemorate Earth Day which fell on April 22.

A researcher from ICW’s law and monitoring division, Donald Fariz, said the forestry sector had been marred by corrupt practices that included chaotic permit issuance procedures.

“Many illegal logging activities are supported by security officers. I also think there was corruption in the revision process of Aceh’s spatial planning bylaw (RTRW),” he said.

During the discussion, all participants urged the government to extend a moratorium that banned the issuance of new permits in natural forests and peat lands, which will expire on May 20.

They also urged the government to halt the revision process of Aceh’s RTRW, which has the potential to reduce protected forests in Aceh, including a tropical forest acclaimed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage” site. (ebf)

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National Geographic – Kampanye Penyelamatan Hutan Aceh Terus Berlanjut

Kompas – Perwakilan Masyarakat Aceh Sedih Hutannya Terancam

Pelita Online – Busyro: Pemerintah Membiarkan Hutan Dirusak

GoRiau – Temuan KPK 12 Kementrian Lembaga Negara Terlibat Illegal Logging

Kabarindo – Busyro Muqoddas: Dukung Perpanjangan Moratorium Hutan Aceh

Sumbawa News – Busyro Muqqodas: Kerusakan Hutan Karena Pembiaran 

Pedoman News – Pemerintah Diminta Perpanjang Moratorium Hutan Aceh

VHR Media – Tinjau Ulang Kebijakan Tata Ruang Aceh

The Globe Journal – Kriminalisasi dan Kesedihan Masyarakat Pembela Hutan Aceh 

Tribun News – Hutan Aceh Terancam 

Rima News – Busyro Muqoddas Beri Sambutan Pada Diskusi publik Menuntut Pemerintah Perpanjang Moratorium Hutan Aceh

Solopost – 12 Kementrian dan Lembaga Negara Terlibat Pembalakan Ilegal

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About endoftheicons

The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

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