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    Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No 39 Triggers Social Conflict


    BANDUNG-Head of Relawan Jaga Lembur Acil Bimbo considers the government to be too hasty to issue a policy of Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No 39 of 2017 on social forestry in Perhutani working area. Because the policy is rolled out before the holding of research first. In addition, it will lead to social conflicts in society.

    Acil regretted the government's policy because it violates the norms of the local community which is now just pegged land.

    "This policy is not virtuous because there is no research first, does not respect the local community," he told reporters in Bandung, Wednesday (20/09/2017)

    Therefore, Relawan Jaga Lembur process the policy as opposed to Law No. 41 of 1999 on Forestry and Government Regulation No. 6 of 2007 on Forest Management and Preparation of Forest Management Plans and Forest Utilization.

    The existence of policy No. 39, said Acil, then in the future the Holders of Permit for Social Forestry Utilization Social (IPHPS) the opportunity to cut wood in protected forest areas.

    "Not only that, IPHPS holders are also given the opportunity to manage the forest," said Acil.

    According to him, if forest management is given to thousands of IPHPS holders who are not competent then it can be said that the forest on the island of Java will be exhausted.

    "Just wait for natural disasters then," said Acil.

    Besides destroying the natural environment, the sharing of forest land without control to IPHPS holders will cause social conflicts because in certain areas Perum Perhutani there is a permit of forest utilization to the community through the Collaborative Forest Management (PHBM) program.

    "It will create social conflict if this policy continues, so we will reject this policy strictly," he concluded. (MAT)

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