Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo said there were several homeworks that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry had to do immediately related to the shrinking condition of Aceh’s forests in 2018 to 15,071 hectares or almost 2.5 times the area of DKI Jakarta.
In addition, there are 34 thousand hectares of peatlands in Central Kalimantan which have also been damaged, as a result of the conversion of land to plantations and illegal logging, causing floods and landslides.
So, he asked the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) to take several concrete steps to solve the two problems above,
First, according to him, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) to sit together to discuss plantation permits by means of land conversion so that there is no overlapping of authority and forests in Aceh are maintained.
“Second, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Police, forest rangers and rangers must thoroughly investigate and take firm action against those who have been proven to carry out illegal logging, and conduct inspections in order to improve supervision of forest areas, especially protected forests,” said the man who is commonly called Bamsoet in his written statement to the media in Jakarta, Thursday (1/24/2019).
Third, according to him, KLHK must work with the Regional Government (Pemda), Forest Management Units (KPH), and forest and environment oriented organizations in the local provinces to make priority efforts on saving forests.
Then the Ministry of Environment and Forestry together with the Regional Government through the Environment and Forestry Service, the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), and forest and environment oriented organizations in the local provinces must map the causes of forest degradation throughout 2018 and make detailed plans for budget use for forests, so that the supervision and implementation of the budget can run optimally and in the future, the forest area does not continue to decrease.
Fifth, Bamsoet hopes that KLHK will provide a budget intended to improve the quality of human resources by involving them in education and training as well as various activities related to forest conservation and the environment, so that they have good capabilities in their fields.
In addition, according to him, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry together with the Department of Environment and Forestry and the Regional Government must continually provide information to forest-oriented organizations and the environment in the local provinces, as well as the general public, on forest management by promoting ecosystem sustainability to foster awareness of the importance of forests for life
“I also appeal to all communities, both stakeholders and the public in general, to participate in being committed and participating in maintaining and preserving forests in Indonesia, by not doing things that can damage the forest ecosystem,” said the bamsoet.