House Commission IV Asks the Environment Ministry to Resolve Pressing Environmental Issues
Chairperson of Commission IV of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Sudin, opens a Working Meeting with the Minister of Environment and Forestry at the Nusantara Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Tuesday (25/1/2022). Photo: Arief/Man
The House Commission IV -- dealing with environment and forestry -- believes that 2022 should be the year when the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) resolves Indonesia's pressing environmental problems. Any further delay of resolution of these problems will have an adverse effect on the quality of life of the Indonesian people at large.
The statement was made by Chairperson of Commission IV, Sudin, when opening a Working Meeting with the Minister of Environment and Forestry at the Nusantara Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Tuesday (25/1/2022). In response, Sudin hopes that the Ministry would consider taking the 2022 Program and Activity Plans priorities seriously. "We hope that the determination of the priorities of the programs can serve as an instrument for the government to carry out recovery measures, while continuing sectoral and fiscal reforms," he said in the meeting.
Sudin further highlighted a number of problems that he believed must be prioritized by the Ministry, including management of pollution and environmental damage caused by infectious and non-infectious waste, forest area management in response to Law Number 11 of 2020 on Job Creation, land settlement for agrarian reform (TORA), social forestry, environmental quality improvement, and preparation for the development of the State Capital (IKN).
In the meeting organized to evaluate the 2021 budget uptake and the 2022 budget plan, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) politician also asked the Ministry, together with the Peat and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM), to deliver a presentation on the budget uptake throughout the fiscal year of 2021. Sudin said the previous year's budget report is essential as a reference for the implementation and targets in 2022.
Lastly, he demanded a stern position from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry with regard to the revocation of business permits for forest area concessions in Indonesia based on the Decree of the Minister of Environment and Forestry Number 1 of 2022 concerning Revocation of Forest Concession Permits. The revocation must be publicly disseminated to avoid prolonged conflict. As it stands, as many as 192 forest business concessions have been revoked, covering a total area of 3.12 hectares. (ts/sf/agl)