MEF Reports 90% Compliance with UUCK Licenses for 3.37 Million Hectares of Oil Palm Plantations in Forest Areas

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Doc. Sawit Fest 2021 / Raisan Al Farisi / MEF Reports 90% Compliance with UUCK Licenses for 3.37 Million Hectares of Oil Palm Plantations in Forest Areas

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) of the Indonesian Republic has taken proactive measures to address conflicts involving palm oil plantation corporations.

MEF has reported that 90 percent of palm oil plantations operating in forested areas have successfully obtained the necessary permits in accordance with the Undang-Undang Cipta Kerja (UUCK), also known as the Omnibus Law.

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Bambang Hendroyono, the General Secretary of MEF, is confident that in the coming days, all stakeholders involved will be in compliance with the legal requirements. This action is in response to Law Number 11/2020 (UUCK), which set a deadline for resolving palm oil plantations in forested areas by November 2, 2023.

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UUCK classifies palm oil plantations into two typological clusters: Chapter 110A and Chapter 110B. Chapter 110A pertains to palm oil plantations that have obtained plantation business permits and spatial permits but are located in production forests, protected forests, and conservation forests. Chapter 110B addresses the resolution of palm oil plantations situated in production forests, protected forests, and conservation forests but lack the necessary forestry permits.

“Central Kalimantan and Riau are the focuses because in Chapter 110 we called it dispute of space and dispute of regulation,” he said, as quoted from Antara.

According to MEF, palm oil plantations in forest regions laid on about 3,37 million hectares in Indonesia. The numbers covered conversion forests about 91.074 hectares, in protected forests about 156.119 hectares, in permanent production forests about 501.572 hectares, in limited production forests about 1,49 million hectares, and in conversion production forests about 1,13 million hectares.

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Palm Oil Governance Task Force obliged every palm oil plantation corporate to register their institution through Sistem Informasi Perizinan Perkebunan (Siperibun) belonging to General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture. Every stakeholder that disobey every available permit would get administration sanction or even penalty in forest crime.

Bambang Hendroyono emphasized every procedure in Forestry Laws would deliver legal for palm oil plantations and they would not operate anymore in forestry regions. “The procedures in Forestry Law would deliver the legal and they (palm oil plantations) would not be in forestry regions,” he said. (T2)

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