Information Dispute Training

With the aim of increasing the capacity of civil society in accessing environmental information and maintaining their rights, ICEL held an Information Dispute Training for several national and local CSOs engaged in the environmental field. The CSOs present included: Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), WALHI Sumatra, Pilar Nusantara (Pinus) South Sumatra, JARI Borneo West, Sampan, Wahana Bumi Hijau (WBH) South Sumatra and East Kalimantan JATAM.
The training was held in December 4-6, 2013, at the Amaris Hotel Juanda and facilitated directly by ICEL KIP Team. Wiwiek Awiati, a senior researcher of ICEL, participated and provided training materials regarding mediation.
Abu Mas’ud, a participant representing Western Borneo JARI highlighted his increased knowledge and understanding through attendance: “This training provides a common understanding, that the disputed information is not something that so scary,”


[Press Release] The World’s Largest Mercury User: Is Indonesia Ready to Implement the Mercury Treaty?

On the 10th of October 2013, government representatives from 139 countries agreed to adopt the new mercury treaty, named the Minamata Convention on Mercury, in Kumamoto, Japan. As of today, 94 countries, including Indonesia, have signed the treaty and prepare to ratify it. The US is the first to ratify the treaty. The new treaty regulates the trade and distribution of mercury, restrict and eliminate the use of mercury in products and industrial process, mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), emissions control and releases to air, water and soil, management of wastes containing mercury and mercury storage, and remediation of mercury contaminated sites.

In a recently released UNEP study in January 2013, Global Mercury Assessment 2013, ASGM identified as the single largest source of mercury emissions from intentional use. In Indonesia, the highest sources of mercury emissions and releases are ASGM, oil and gas production, coal-fired plants, incinerations and open burning, and waste disposal. Based on the results of studies of mercury inventory in Indonesia in 2012, releases of mercury to the environment was around 339,250 kg Hg/year, about 59.37% was released into the air, about 15.5% was released into the water and about 14% released into soil/sediment. Approximately 57.5% of these emissions came from the ASGM sector with a total emission of about 195 tonnes/year or about 20% of total ASGM global emissions.

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Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Preparation of Training Module

Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Preparation of Training Module for Public Information Services and Case Management Training Modules Diversity in the Court were held on 27 November 2013.
The purpose of the training was to increase capacity of the court in giving public information services relating to the case of biodiversity and handling biodiversity cases. The training was given to the Kampar District Court, Bangkinang, Blangkejeren and Tapaktuan.
Alongside ICEL, other parties involved in the FGD included USAID – Changes for Justice (C4J), Research and Development and Education and Training Law and Justice of the Supreme Court.

A Quick Trip to London

Delegates from ICEL, alongside more than 1000 participants representing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Government from 60 countries gathered in London for the Open Government Partnership Summit (Oct 30th-Nov 1st). This year’s annual summit aimed to address the challenges to opennes with sessions focusing on five working groups: natural resources, fiscal transparency, open data, engaging citizens, and parliamentary, as well as discussion on issues such as reflection on OGP, cooperation of civil society and government, Independant Reporting Mechanism, etc. ICEL’s key focus during the Summit was environmental information, therefore all sessions in the natural resources working group , including Land Transparency, Extractive Industries, Infrastructure, as well as Proactive Transparency were attended by the ICEL delegation.

Community Advocacy

ICEL assisted the community in Serang, Banten to advocate the Ciujung River pollution case.  PT IKPP (Indah Kiat Pulp and Paper), which disposes its waste to the Ciujung River, had been ordered to conduct a mandatory environmental audit based on the fact that the industry has high risks and does not comply with the law.  On 3 October 2013, ICEL, local community organisations and impacted community members had a meeting with the Head of Environmental Agency, Serang Regency, to discuss the PT IKPP compliance in implementing the audit’s recommendations. The activity continued with a meeting with Ahmad Soleh (a member of Commission IV, Serang Regency House of Representative) to share the advocacy strategy regarding the environmental audit of PT IKPP.  ICEL had a key role in ensuring the meetings resulted in positive environmental outcomes for the Ciujung River case.