Forest Fire; 30 Companies Slapped with Administrative Sanctions

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  • Haze in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. Image: TEMPO/Riyan Nofitra

    Haze in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. Image: TEMPO/Riyan Nofitra

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said the ministry has imposed administrative sanctions against 30 companies guilty of burning forests. “Companies who are proven guilty will have their permit suspended or permanently revoked,” Siti wrote on his twitter account, @SitiNurbayaLHK, Monday, August 29, 2016.

    Siti said she would not hesitate to revoke the licenses of companies proven guilty of burning forest. She would also soon file civil lawsuits against 10 companies.

    In a bid to enforce the law on forest and land fires, the KLHK [the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry] will adopt the multi-door approach. There will be administrative sanctions and civil lawsuits,” Siti wrote. She also underlined that she has implemented a moratorium on new forest concession licenses, palm oil concessions, and peatland management.

    The Minister has asked for support from all parties in handling forest fires that continue to occur throughout the year. She will also provide assistance to the local community in the land-clearing process to stop slash-and-burn activities. “To all parties, please don’t make unnecessary remarks and do appreciate the Indonesian government’s systematic and serious efforts [to address the issue].”