Commission IV Pushes for Revision of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation Law
Deputy Chair of Commission IV of the House Dedi Mulyadi. Image: Arie/Man
Commission IV of the Indonesian House of Representatives has pushed for the acceleration of bill drafting on Amendments to Law Number 5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems. Deputy Chair of Commission IV of the House, Dedi Mulyadi, emphasized that the bill is expected to provide a sense of justice from both the environmental and communal standpoints, while also representing corporate interests as managers of local natural resources.
“Most of the time, local communities rarely benefit from environmental changes. It then makes way for potential conflict due to heightened pressure. Based on this consideration, Commission IV is looking at how things are in the future," said Mulyadi when opening the Commission IV Public Hearing with conservation stakeholders at Nusantara II Building, Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Wednesday (15/9/2021).
Furthermore, Mulyadi also stressed that a sense of economic justice must be present in the draft bill. This is important because ecosystem damage in an area is often led by desperation of the local communities, which is caused by financial problems.
"What we want is that when regional revenue has an impact on environmental changes, the local communities should be the first to reap the economic benefit through education, housing, facilities and infrastructure, and this is our shared concern," concluded the Golkar Party politician.
On the same occasion, the Chair of Commission IV of the House, Sudin, added that the spirit of the law revision is to help protect wildlife from illegal trade. According to him, maintaining harmony between elements of an ecosystem is vital. “The spirit is protection of endangered animals. We want people to live in peace and harmony,” added the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle politician.
Thus, the state has the responsibility to provide protection through the implementation of biodiversity conservation. This endeavor includes management and utilization in sustainable, harmonious, balanced, and sustainable manners. In the future, the newly revised regulation is expected to protect Indonesia's natural resources more effectively, as well as ensure benefit for the community. (ts/sf)