Clear! Jayapura Regent will Revoke Licenses for Palm Oil Companies Destroying Forests – A Regent of Jayapura Regency, Mathius Awoitauw affirmed that he would immediately revoke the license of PT Permata Nusa Mandiri as an oil palm plantation company in his area.

This firm stance responds to the demands of the Namblong Indigenous Community mediated by the Papuan People’s Network (JERAT) on reports of destruction of forest land covering an area of ‚Äč‚Äčthousands of hectares in the Nimboran Valley Grime Nawa area, Jayapura by the palm oil company.

“We have a team to review what the president’s decision takes into consideration, and what the decision of the indigenous peoples is, and it must be revoked because the company has been violating it all this time,” said Mathius Awoitauw in Sentani, Friday, March 18, 2022.

Mathius explained that the company’s license was granted for a thousand hectares of plantation. However, the reality on the ground, he continued, is that only 100 hectares are managed, while the rest are being cleared for timber extraction.

“This (obviously) violation can be revoked, especially for companies that have not worked for a long time, it is clear that these companies have committed environmental crimes,” said Mathius.

He also explained the reason why the Jayapura Regional Government will immediately revoke the licenses of rogue companies in the Jayapura Regency area, according to a presidential decree issued by the Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia No.01/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM. 1/1/2022 January 5, 2022.

The decision concerns the revocation of the forest area concession permit on behalf of PT Permata Nusa Mandiri so that the company temporarily stops clearing new land clearing activities and operations in the field until a letter of clarification from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) is issued.

“We support the President’s decision by means of the relevant ministers, therefore we are mapping customary areas, to ensure legal certainty and land ownership so that later indigenous peoples can cooperate with investors who will get in,” he said.

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