The Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) cracked down the burners of land and forest fire in Indonesia. This was stated by Director General of Law Enforcement at the Environmental and Forestry, Rasio Ridho Sani in a press conference at the Manggala Wanabakti Building in Jakarta on Friday (August 16, 2019). He said that his side collaborates with relevant government agencies to impose a criminal sanction, civil and administrative sanctions for companies that do not obey the regulation on forest land use in Indonesia.
“We can see how these companies are not compliant. If the company is not compliant, we will impose sanctions, and we will talk to the regent, mayor, and governor to revoke environmental permits from companies that indicate to be incompliant if the land fires occur in their location. Besides, we are also preparing civil lawsuits for these companies. So, we are all out; we use a variety of instruments as our authority. We also cooperate with the police because the police also have other broader authority than us,” said Rasio Ridho Sani.
Rasio Ridho Sani added that currently, there are 18 locations of forest and land fire. The locations belong to the companies that have been given a warning letter; 19 locations of forest and land fire that have been sealed; 14 locations that are under investigation and 1 location which is being examined. (VOI/NK/AHM)