Gorontalo, (ANTARA GORONTALO) – The Civil Society Coalition urges officials issuing permits to revoke mining licenses, which contradicts the legislation in force.

The anti-forestry and mining coalition coalition also requested that the law enforcement process for violations such as tax cases and environmental damage continue.

Coalition member Ariyanto from Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia said in three provinces namely Gorontalo, North Sulawesi and West Sulawesi of 224 Mining Business Permits (IUP) issued, there were still 106 non-CnC.

“This means that non-CnC has not yet placed reclamation and post-mining guarantees. Of the 244 IUPs, only one has fulfilled the reclamation guarantee obligation, the other does not exist, “he said in Gorontalo, Tuesday.
The results of calculations conducted by the coalition showed that since 2010-2013 the potential loss of revenue from land rent (landrent) reached Rp47.93 billion.

The amount consists of West Sulawesi Rp27.8 billion, Gorontalo Rp12.9 billion and North Sulawesi Rp7.2 billion.

While data from the Director General of Forestry Planning in the Ministry of Forestry in 2014, there were 202,150 hectares of mining areas included in protected forest areas in the three provinces, with a total permit of 102 IUPs and six Contracts of Work (CoW).

While the mining areas included in the conservation forest amounted to 69,940 hectares with 34 IUP and 5 families.

“Whereas the use of conservation forest areas for non-forestry activities clearly violates Law Number 41 of 1999 concerning Forestry and the Law on Conservation of Natural Resources,” he added.

In addition, the use of forest areas in protected areas is only permitted in the form of underground mining.

“Even then, none of the permit holders have been able to carry out this practice,” he said.