Central Kalimantan is Difficult to Deforest Annual Forest Deforestation

Central Kalimantan is Difficult to Deforest Annual Forest DeforestationThe Central Kalimantan Provincial Government admits it is difficult to keep pace with the annual deforestation rate with limited forest and land rehabilitation efforts.

"We recognize that there is an imbalance between forest destruction and rehabilitation efforts due to the many problems of forest management, ranging from deforestation by large companies, illegal logging, and land fires," said Central Kalimantan Governor A Teras Narang in Palangka Raya on Saturday 29/9).

In the official records of the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government, deforestation of local forests reaches 150 thousand hectares per year, while the government's ability to reforest efforts is only around 25 thousand to 30 thousand hectares per year.

Related to forest encroachment by large companies, Teras firmly pointed to the Ministry of Forestry's policy as the main cause, since so far the granting of concession permit (forest concession rights) always without involving local government.

Of the 64 licenses of forest concessions in Central Kalimantan, as many as 40 companies are active in carrying out timber production activities while 24 other companies that are not actively licensed are still not revoked.

"It should be if not actively revoked, but in the center of this permit can be diverted with the auction system for example, and we have never been involved in it," complained Teras.

But Teras also does not dismiss the possibility of the elements of government officials who allegedly participate in fertilizing illegal practices in local forest management.

In addition to the act, Terrace said, the main weakness of local government so far is in terms of human resources in the field of forestry technical personnel who are very limited in managing forests Kalteng area of ??10 million hectares, of which half of them are in critical condition.

Another cause of problems in the management of Central Kalimantan forests is the problem of corruption in Central Kalimantan Provincial Spatial Planning (RTRWP) since tens of years ago was assessed due to different interests between the Ministry of Forestry and the Provincial Government.

"So far, the Regional Regulation on RTRWP of Central Kalimantan has never been confirmed by the Ministry of Forestry, we are fighting in. I also ask why in Indonesia only Central Kalimantan and Riau are not recognized RTRWP Dephut," said Terrace.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Central Kalimantan Ward (Walhi), Satriadi urged the government to immediately conduct a moratorium to stop industrial timber logging."Forest management in Central Kalimantan should be reorganized, including efforts to implement the closing of export valves to the national scale," he said.

He asked the local government to stop all forms of forest conversion for plantations, mines, transmigration, and other sectors. Evaluations should also be undertaken to assess the effectiveness of industries engaged in timber.

"Also evaluate the performance of all mandated technical agencies to manage forest areas," he added. (* /

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