‘beberapa spesies yang saat ini terancam kepunahan’ mengunjungi Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia untuk mendesak pemerintah menegakkan hukum dan melindungi lingkungan.
The forest species were Greenpeace activists representing
orangutans, tigers and elephants-animals from Indonesian forests
who have already lost their habitats and need protection. As part
of the call, the activists delivered dossiers of companies
committing environmental destruction in Sumatra, Kalimantan and
Papua where action to save the country's forests is most
"Greenpeace welcomes the President SBY's call for Greenpeace to
work together with the government to save the Indonesian
environment. The Ministry for the Environment has the mandate and
the power to take action against those who destroy forests and
peatlands. They must turn President SBY's words into action by
investigating environmental destruction and taking urgent and
necessary action. We are here to help the Minstry take this action
by providing evidence of the oil palm and pulp and paper industries
destroying forests and peatlands to aid the Ministry's
investigations," said Yuyun Indradi, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Forest Political Advisor.
"As a start, the Ministry, together with President SBY, must
instigate an immediate moratorium on deforestation and mandate the
full protection of peatlands. This is the most important step that
can truly protect Indonesia's environment and achieve the
President's commitment to reduce Indonesia's emissions by 41% by
2020," continued Indradi.
Greenpeace is asking for full peatland protection and an
immediate moratorium on deforestation as it would provide the space
for the implementation of longer term measures for forest
protection supported by international donors. Such a moratorium
would also drive investment into other areas for instance yield
improvements on existing plantation areas, especially those owned
by smallholders. Furthermore, it will kickstart a planning process
with local communities to identify non-forest, degraded areas where
the palm oil industry could potentially expand.
A recently-passed environmental law on Environmental Protection
and Management gives the Ministry of Environment a greater mandate
to implement environmental audit, law enforcement, investigation,
and administrative prosecution. Greenpeace sees their visit to the
Ministry's office not just as an expression of concern regarding
continuing forest destruction in Indonesia by a few giant
companies, but also as a way of supporting the agency to execute
the mandate in the new environmental law.
"We take SBY's call for partnership very seriously and call on
his Ministries to do the same. In order to truly develop a model of
forest protection and welfare for the Indonesian people President
SBY and the Ministry for the Environment must stop the destruction
now," concluded Indradi.
Other contacts: Yuyun Indradi, Penasehat Politik Hutan Greenpeace Asia Tenggara, 081226161759
Hikmat Soeriatanuwijaya, Jurukampanye Media Greenpeace Asia Tenggara, 08111805394, 0818930271