Supreme Court Ruling Saves 25,000 Jobs at Peatland

Monday, 23 OCtober 2017 , 11:00:00 WIB -

Pertamina RU II Production Manager Sei Pakning, Nirwansyah (in front), is seen with workers and farmers under Pertaminaâs guidance program, Bengkalis, Riau, Tuesday (Oct.17).(ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The Supreme Court has cancelled the Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No.17/2007 on Development of Industrial Plantation Forest on Peatland. The suit was filed by the Confederation of Indonesian Worker Unions (K-SPSI), Riau Chapter.

K-SPSI, Riau Chapter, Regional Executive Board (DPD) Chairman, Nursal Tanjung, said he very happy with the ruling. According to him, the regulation violates laws and regulations above it, namely Law No.41/1999 on Forestry, Government Regulation No.6/2007 on Forest Management and Development of Forest Management Plans, and Government Regulation No.71/2017 on Protection and Management of Peatland Ecosystem.

"The regulation, which become effective since 27 February 2017, is no longer legally binding and not applicable. Therefore, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry must revoke the regulation," Nursal said.

K-SPSI filed the judicial review on 25 July 2017. Nursal explained that the regulation, which bans exploitation of peatlands, poses a threat to hundreds and thousands of workers who are members of SPSI.

"In Riau, there are 250,000 workers that depend on the industrial plantation forest sector," Nursal said.
According to him, the Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No.17/2007 would have shut down the whole of the industrial plantation forest sector. (dtc/rm)