Vice Director of IPB: Drafts of Government’s Regulation about Forest Regions Should Not Make the Smallholders Get Loss

Vice Director of IPB: Drafts of Government’s Regulation about Forest Regions Should Not Make the Smallholders Get Loss

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The Draft of Government’s Regulation about forest regions should not make the business and smallholders get loss. The derivative regulation of UU Cipta Kerja, such as Drafts of Government’s Regulation of Forest regions should accommodate every interest, including the wider economy of the people.

Vice Director of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Prof. DR. Dodi Ridho Nurrahmat said that in the forest region issue, palm oil plantations which have been developing in the first place in the forest regions are only sentenced by Constitutional Court, not only in the forest regions which have been pointed.

“If Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) forces any palm oil plantations which developed in the first place in whole forest regions without exception, in the legal perspective, it would be weak and could not be implemented,” Ridho said in Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Series #2 held by IPB within the theme ‘Serap Aspirasi Publik untuk RPP Turunan UU Cipta Kerja terkait Usaha Perkebunan’, Tuesday (22/12/2002). 

He also suggested that the government should have the legal and confirmed data about the width of forest regions before publishing the plantation data which are in the forest regions.

If palm oil plantations (developed in the first place) in the forest regions refer to every forest region, there would be big problems – as if palm oil plantations make deforestation and forest damages.

He also reminded that it is important for the government to have definition about forest regions and should be in final definition. It would be as the firm definition and there would be not many interpretations. For all these years, every activity namely if it relates to the forest done by corporate, would be taken as deforestation and environmental issue.

The definition of forest regions, Ridho continued is important so that Indonesia could avoid the ecological disaster. “It needs clear definition about the concept of forest regions, would it be 10% based on the regulation in Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) or 30% based on the regulation of minister of forestry,” Ridho said.

It is ideal if the definition of forest regions refers to the national consensus. “There has been no clear definition about forest regions for all these years. This raises lots of issues and does not consider to improve,” he said.

The problems about loss and compensation become serious thing for the stakeholders because Ministry of Environment and Forestry makes the same understanding between the two. As a matter of fact, compensation and loss are different.

He gave analogy that loss is the value of human’s life and it is countless while compensation is every burden that insurance could help if someone is gone (dead).

What is happening is that MEF burdens the corporates within every cost of loss by calculating every cost of forest damage which happened and would be about to happen as the compensation cost. As the result, the compensation should be calculated based on the capability of business. It is good if the compensation should be calculated by the capability of business. “It is impossible if a company having asset about Rp 300 billion should pay the compensation up to Rp 3 billion if it is found guilty. The comprehension should be improved,” he said. (T2)


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