InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -September 2019 is one year when President’s Instruction No. 8 / 2018 was published about the Postponement and Evaluation of Palm oil Plantation License and Its Enhancement.
Executive Director of Sawit Watch, Inda Fatinaware said that for having one year of monitoring, his side found that the implementation of the instruction is about the preparation and coordination. It is known that the team in the national level is consolidating only, from the related ministries/institutions about the final width of palm oil plantations in Indonesia.
“The overlapping issues of palm oil plantations and forest regions that become public discussion have no solution in this instruction. Some have been sentenced, guilty, but the government might do nothing,” he said in the media discussion and soft launching “Laporan Satu Tahun Implementasi Inpres: Jauh Panggang dari Api” in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.
Sawit Watch noted that of 25 provinces and 247 districts/cities where palm oil are there in, they mostly (19 provinces and 239 districts/cities) do not give response. We thought that the implementation of the President’s Instruction is useless for there is no significant progress.
Deden Pramudyana of Jaringan Pemantau Independen Kehutanan (JPIK) added that from the supervision in Central Kalimantan, his side found that there are palm oil expansions around Sebangau National park along the borders until in the national park.
The same thing was told by Agung Ady of Forest Watch Indonesia. His side found that there are palm oil plantations in the forest regions, such as, in South Sumatera, there are six palm oil companies within the areas reaching 6.000 hectares in the Dangku Sanctuary.
In West Kalimantan, PT. RK operates in Sungai Arus Deras Protected Forest, and in Papua about 61.24% (1,81 million hectares) of the total palm oil plantations are in the forest regions still. “Even though the data was released before the President’s Instruction was published, it is hoped that this could be the first data to be the reference of the national team to solve immediately,” Agung said.
Abu Meridian of Kaoem Telapak said that from his findings, the documents of Provincial Spatial Plans in East Kalimantan for two periods, 1996-2006 and 2016-2036 which should be used to spatial for palm oil plantation, the province uses forest regions and there are uncertain licenses to business rights that were published without unspecific information.
“Basically we know that the President’s Instruction is the positive one for it has spirit to improve the palm oil plantation governance. But if the coordination among the ministries is not running well, this would be issue to implement in the future,” Abu said.
Teguh Surya, Executive Director of Yayasan Madani Berkelanjutan said that from the analysis, his side found that there are about more than 1 million hectares of palm oil plantations are in the PIPPIB revision XV (the primer natural forest and peat). These are in 24 provinces within 724 concession areas. This is important and urgent for the government to review. (T2)