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Workshop on Preparation of Public Information Disclosure Book in the Environment and Natural Resources Sector

Jakarta – ICEL held a Workshop on Preparation of Public Information Disclosure Books in the Environmental and Natural Resources Sector. Several civil society organisations that focus on environmental and natural resource issues attended the Workshop, including GERAK Aceh, FITRA Riau, JARI West Kalimantan, Sikola Mombine Central Sulawesi, LBH Padang, KIPRA Papua, West Papua PERDU, Mnukwar West Papua, JANGKAR West Papua, PBHKP West Papua, JATAM East Kalimantan, PLH North Kalimantan, Lalingka North Kalimantan, BUMI East Kalimantan, JAL East Kalimantan and Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI). At Aston TB Simatupang Hotel, South Jakarta, Tuesday (23/09/2019).

 

This book will consist of an advocacy journey of information disclosure in the environment and natural resources sector with all its achievements and challenges. Variety of advocacy both in the form of assistance of the Information Commission and Public Agency, as well as community assistance and requests for information from organisations that have been present since 2010 will be summarised in the book.

 

Hopefully, this book will be able to increase the literacy of information disclosure that is still very minimal.

 

“Currently there is still very little literature related to the disclosure of public information circulating in the community. This book is expected to be an additional learning material for both the community and civil society organisations that are willing to advocate for public information disclosure in the form of government or community assistance,” explained Astrid Debora Meliala Deputy Director of ICEL who is also actively overseeing the issue of information disclosure.

 

Happy Right to Know Day 28th of September 2019!

[Joint Press Release] Reflections on the Ten-Year Law on Environmental Protection and Management: Enforcement of Environmental Law in Indonesia, Still Weak

Jakarta, 27th August 2019 – Approaching the 10th anniversary of the enactment of Law no. 32 of 2009 concerning Environmental Protection and Management (PPLH Law), Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (FHUI) in collaboration with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) held an Environmental Law Conference “Towards the Ten Years of the Law on Environmental Protection and Management: Reflections on Enforcement Environmental Law in Indonesia ”on the 26th – 27th August 2019 at the FHUI Campus Depok.

 

Chairman of the State Administrative Court of the Republic of Indonesia Supreme Court Dr. Supandi, S.H., M.Hum, revealed that a common obstacle encountered in solving environmental cases is the difficulty of proof. While environmental cases occur between those who have greater access to resources and those who have limited access. “Armed with a large intake of funds and pursuing short-term profits alone, of course environmental polluters will be easy to conduct research funding conducted by certain institutions that do not work objectively and put forward the facts in the field significantly.” said Supandi in the Public Lecture held by FH UI and ICEL as the opening of the Conference.

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Blocking Access to Palm Oil Information, Deputy Coordinating Minister for the Economy Reported by NGOs

JAKARTA – Dozens of civil society organisations reported Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy for the Coordination of Food and Agriculture, to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darwin Nasution on Wednesday (21/8). The report is in connection with the issuance of Letter Number: TAN.03.01/265/D.II.M.EKON/05/2019 dated the 6th of May 2019, concerning Data and Information related to Palm Oil Plantation.

 

“The Deputy letter was used as an excuse for several Public Bodies to refuse providing public information. In Jambi, for example, requests for information by our researchers were denied by the Plantation Office, on the basis of the Deputy’s Letter. Obviously this is a violation of procedure,” explained the Director of Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) Henri Subagiyo in his statement to Gresnews.com, Wednesday (21/8).

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[Joint Press Release] 36 Civil Society Organisations Report Deputy for the Coordination of Food and Agriculture

Jakarta, 21st of August 2019. 36 civil society organisations reported Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy for the Coordination of Food and Agriculture to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Darwin Nasution on Wednesday, 21st of August 2019. The report was in connection with the issuance of Letter Number: TAN.03.01/265/D. II.M.EKON/05/2019 dated on the 6th of May 2019, concerning Data and Information related to Palm Oil Plantation.

 

“The deputy letter was used as an excuse for several Public Bodies to refuse to provide public information. In Jambi for example, a request for information by our researcher was denied by the Plantation Office, on the basis of the Deputy’s Letter. Obviously this is a violation of procedure,” explained Henri Subagiyo, Director of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL).

 

Although not explicitly addressed to Ministries/Institutions or Regions, the information contained in point 3 of the letter does indeed appear to provide direction to the Ministries/Institutions and Regional Governments to determine data and information regarding the Land Cultivation Rights (HGU) of palm oil plantations (in the form holder name, map and location) as information excluded. The directive is reiterated in point 4 which asks Ministries/Institutions and Regional Governments not to make initiatives to make agreements with other parties in providing data and information related to palm oil plantations.

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Wistful Song of Indonesia Raya on the Edge of Jakarta Bay

One hour after the flag-raising ceremony of the 74th anniversary of RI, Saturday (17/8) this morning, the head of the Traditional Fishermen Group (KNT) of Muara Angke Iwan Carmidi sailed on his small fishing boat. Two other ships followed behind, transporting other fishermen and several children. In line with the slowing boat speed, their voices faintly heard singing Indonesia Raya.

 

“We want to celebrate independence in the style of fishermen. We with our families and children want to celebrate independence in the middle of our own sea,” said Iwan, after his ship was anchored at the edge of the Maju Bersama Beach, D Island, the reclamation area of ​​Jakarta Bay. The red and white flag fluttered on his boat.

 

Accompanied by a number of activists from the People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice (Kiara), dozens of fishermen also expressed their disappointment over the implementation of the 74th anniversary ceremony by the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta on D Island Reclamation this morning. For them, the development of the area or reclamation in the Bay of Jakarta really hit their livelihoods as fishermen.

The impact of the Jakarta Bay reclamation development began to be felt by fishermen from the Muara Angke area, Penjaringan, North Jakarta. Dodo, a fisherman from Muara Angke who participated in the demonstration came to hold Vanessa, his 9-year-old daughter. They wanted to go up to see the appearance of D Island.

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ICEL: The New and Renewable Energy (EBT) Draft Bill is Still Far from Expectations

Jakarta, Gatra.com – The issue of managing new and renewable energy (EBT) is considered not to be optimally accommodated in the EBT Draft Bill.

 

Deputy Director of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), Raynaldo Sembiring, said that a large-scale evaluation of the EBT Draft Bill was needed. Starting from the issue of supervision, project evaluation, and data inventory related to regional potential.

 

“Then the existing regulation is not yet optimal to create a conducive EBT investment climate for investors, including those related to prices and incentives,” Raynaldo said, Tuesday (20/8).

 

Besides, ICEL highlighted the overlapping rules and roles of the national and regional governments in the management of EBT. So that the EBT Draft Bill is still far from expectations.

 

President Jokowi appreciated the rapid response of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) addressing the challenges faced by the regionals, one of which is related to EBT.

 

DPD initiated the EBT Draft Bill, which is currently being discussed in Commission VII of the DPR with the government.

 

Source: https://www.gatra.com/detail/news/438807/politic/icel-naskah-ruu-ebt-masih-jauh-fari-harapan

 

Forest Protection Becomes a Base

The highest level of deforestation, which was 3.5 million hectares (ha) that had occurred in Indonesia in the 1996-2000 period, dropped dramatically to 0.44 million ha in the 2017-2018 period.

 

The Intergovernmental Panel for the United Nations Climate Change (IPCC) recently issued a special report entitled Climate Change and Land. The panel, which is filled with experts from around the world, emphasises forest protection and reforestation as the key to curb climate change so that the temperature of the Earth does not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius.

 

The report shows that throughout history, land use by humans accounted for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the report also mentioned in the 2007-2016 period, global emissions from land-based sectors (agriculture, forestry, and land use change) reached 23% of global emissions.

 

Reflecting on these data, the IPCC recommends all countries, including Indonesia, to reduce deforestation, protect peat, mangroves, and restore ecosystems. The report also recommends that the world reduce 30 gigatons of carbon emissions per year by 2030.

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[Press Release] The Urgency of the Establishment of the New Renewable Energy Bill Needs to Be Further Assessed

President Joko Widodo in his speech at the Plenary Session of the People’s Consultative Assembly, appreciated the rapid response of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) in addressing the pressing challenges faced by the region, one of which was related to renewable energy. This quick response has indeed been carried out by the DPD by initiating a New Renewable Energy Bill (EBT Bill), which is currently being discussed at Commission 7 of the House of Representatives. Grita Anindarini, Researcher of Environmental Pollution Control Division of Indonesian Center for Environmental Law, considers President Joko Widodo’s response to be positive given the need for energy transition in Indonesia is something that needs to be focused and needs to be responded quickly. Even so, it needs an in-depth study whether the existence of this bill can answer these needs.

 

In the academic text of the EBT Bill, it is explained that Law No. 30 of 2007 (the Energy Law) is currently not sufficiently accommodating about renewable energy, because the regulation of EBT is still scattered in various laws and regulations. Grita considers that one of the problems that caused this condition to occur is because the Government has not yet issued the Government Regulation (PP) on New and Renewable Energy, as mandated in the Energy Law. Basically, the formation of this PP has been included in the Strategic Plan of the Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation 2015-2019, but until now the regulation has not yet been issued. Based on the Strategic Plan, the New and Renewable Energy PP can be used as a more detailed reference related to the management of new and renewable energy including resource management, supply and utilisation, business, rights and obligations, facilities and incentives, energy prices, research and development, to guidance and supervision.

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[Joint Press Release] Forest and Land Fires: Chief of National Police of Indonesia Needs to Evaluate The Entire Regional Police Officers

The situation of forest and land fires in Indonesia is currently in an alarming condition. More than 1000 hotspots in recent days have continued to increase and recorded 80% of the total hotspots in ASEAN countries based on the Asean Specialized Meteorological Center (ASMC) data. This is the highest history since 2015. In a visit related to forest and land fires carried out by the Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces-Chief of National Police of Indonesia-Minister of Environment and Forestry in Riau, National Police Chief Tito Karnavian stated that he would withdraw the cases of forest and land fires to Headquarters if law enforcement was ineffective.

 

Responding to the statement of the National Police Chief, Henri Subagiyo, Executive Director of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), hopes that this will not only be a lip service amid the worsening forest and land fires situation. “We’ve been treated to something similar. But often these things run inconsistently after forest and land fires subside. Even though efforts to control forest and land fires, including law enforcement, must continue despite the reduction in hotspots in the field. Chief of National Police of Indonesia Tito Karnavian himself had already signed the Circular Letter (SE) No. SE/15/XI/2016 concerning Control of Forest and Land Fires on the 10th of November 2016. The SE is arguably quite comprehensive which includes directives for the ranks of the National Police to carry out pre-emptive, preventive and repressive measures complete with directions for proving efforts in the process of research and investigation. But the results so far have not been widely felt by the public, especially law enforcement for corporate actors. Remember that related to law enforcement the Commission III of the Indonesian Parliament had formed a Forest and Land Work Committee in 2016 although the results were unclear.”

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NGOs Will Sue the OSS Investment Licensing System

OSS Service Office. (CNN Indonesia/Yuliyanna Fauzi)

A number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaged in the environmental field, ICEL, Walhi, JATAM East Kalimantan, Kaoem Telapak, BEM UI, and others will sue the ease of online integrated investment licensing (OSS) processes run by the government.

 

National Walhi Campaign Coordinator Edo Rahman said the lawsuit was filed because according to them the investment licensing system posed problems for environmental protection. Environmental problems mainly occurred in investment in the forestry, electricity, palm oil plantations sector.

 

Apart from that the investment licensing was also considered by the NGOs to be in conflict with the law. The conflict is related to the management of EIA as an investment condition that can be dealt with later.

 

“This is certainly contrary to Law No. 32 of 2009 concerning Environmental Protection and Management which places EIA as a condition before the issuance of environmental permits and business license,” explained Edo, Monday (12/8).

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