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17
September

PHOTO : NK-VOI

 

 

 

Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry-LHK Alue Dohong encouraged that community’s roles will be more optimized in forest management, particularly in rehabilitation of watersheds (DAS). Alue Dohong said this when delivering a keynote speech at the Watershed Rehabilitation Webinar on Monday (Sept14). According to him, society should not only be used as an object, but must become a crowdsourcing with other forces, both from the central and local government sectors, academicians, researchers, environmental activists, and the business world who are then encouraged by the media to form a great force. In this activity, Alue Dohong had an opportunity to talk through video conference facilities with the community who were carrying out tree planting activities in watershed rehabilitation. He also expressed appreciation and admiration for the concern and enthusiasm of the community in welcoming the forest restoration program through watershed rehabilitation activities

Alue Dohong reminded parties who have an obligation to carry out land rehabilitation, to give greater role and trust to the community in implementing watershed rehabilitation, starting from preparing seeds, preparing land, planting, maintaining, as well as protecting plants from pests and Fire. Furthermore, Alue revealed, it is time for every business actor, especially the holders of Borrow and Use Forest Area Permits (IPPKH) to have a broader insight and perspective on efforts to improve the environment.

According to him, entrepreneurs should not just look at the location of their business, but also have to participate in improving the watershed area around their company. Currently, it is necessary to shift the value. If previously entrepreneurs only pursue the profit, it is time they have a moral responsibility towards improving the environment and improving the welfare of the community around the company's operations.

17
September

photo : koranseruya

 

 

When you travelling to Magelang, Central Java, you can not only visit Borobudur Temple. Magelang has many other interesting tourist attractions one of them is Butuh hamlet. It is located at the highest land in Magelang, on the slopes of Mount Sumbing. This tourist village is located at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. Butuh hamlet is located approximately 20 kilometers or about half an hour of trip from Magelang City by using motor vehicles. The total population of the hamlet is around 610 families with 2,500 people. Majority of the residents work as farmers. They plant a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cabbage and others. The structure of the residents houses in the hamlet is quite unique. The houses are built in a regular manner, following the contours of the slope of Mount Sumbing. In the past, before the houses were built, the area was an agricultural field for residents, so that the house buildings followed the contours of the land, from foot to the peak of the mountain.

For people who like natural scenery and tracking can visit Butuh Hamlet. While tracking around the hamlet, you can take pictures with a view of the houses’ row on the mountain slopes like in Nepal. You can also see the expanse of vegetable crops, and if the weather is clear, you can see Mount Sumbing from a distance. In addition, for those who like hiking, this hamlet is one of the basecamp for climbing to Mount Sumbing. In front of this basecamp, you can see the natural views from a distance, while tasting delicious typical culinary of this hamlet.

17
September

               

photo : JP

 

 

 

 

On September 15, Indonesian Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that Indonesian import grew negatively in August 2020. However, the trade balance experienced a surplus, because the export was higher than import. BPS announced that Indonesia's import in August 2020 was US$10.74 billion dollars. Meanwhile, the export was US$13.07 billion dollars. Therefore, Indonesian trade balance in August 2020 was surplus US$2.33 billion dollars. The surplus was a surprise amid Covid-19 pandemic which caused a sluggish economy not only in Indonesia but also in almost every country. Based on Indonesia's economic development in this difficult time, Asian Development Bank (ADB) projected that Indonesian economic growth will improve in early 2021. ADB Economist for Indonesia, Emma Allen in a webinar on Asian Development Outlook 2020 in Jakarta on Tuesday (15/9) said that ADB projected the recovery will occur quickly along with domestic demands which can increase purchasing manager's index on manufacturing until surpassing 50 limit in August. Therefore, in its annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook 2020 which was just released maintains its prediction for Indonesian economic growth next year around 5.3 percent after experiencing 1 percent contraction in 2020.

ADB's projection about Indonesian economy is not too different from the government's explanation to the House of Representatives last year. Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati in a working meeting with the House's Budget Committee stated last week that the economic growth in State Budget Draft 2021 which was targeted between 4.5 to 5.5 percent, now becomes 5 percent. She also explained that the economic growth target change was a right decision which represents the hope and caution towards uncertainty in 2020.

Covid-19 epidemic is truly a bad hit against economic growth in almost every country. For Indonesia, 1 percent contraction in the 4th quarter was a rare occurrence after the 1997-1998 monetary crisis. However, many policies taken by the government, such as cash aid to boost domestic purchasing as well as investment and business leniency, had given hope for economic recovery. Although Indonesia is facing the 2nd wave of Covid-19, the joint effort against Covid-19 with some countries, mainly in vaccine development which had been in the final clinical test had also given hope for the people to live healthily and normally so it moves again the domestic economy namely in industry, service, manufacture, and tourism.

10
September

PHOTO : PLASTIC POLLUTION

 

 

 

Although policies on single-use plastic restrictions have been issued in several regions, some local governments have not fully implemented the regulation. This was said by the Head of Sub-Directorate of Goods and Packaging of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) Ujang Solihin Sidik, during a virtual discussion on a plastic-free area forum held by the Indonesian Plastic Bag Diet Movement, as reported by Antara on Tuesday (Sept8). The single-use plastic restriction policy has been issued in 2 provinces and 35 districts/cities. Related to this matter, Ujang Solihin Sidik encourages non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in the environmental sector to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of implementing the policy and verify data related to plastic waste. The results will show whether the regions have successfully implemented the single-use plastic reduction policy or just simply made regulations without real implementation. This is important because the data is a measure of the successful performance of reducing plastic waste. This waste reduction data will contribute directly to the target of reducing waste in the framework of Regional Policies and Strategies for Household Waste Management and the like in each city. Ujang Solihin Sidik emphasized the importance of this data since it will affect the target of 30 percent reduction of national waste by 2025. According to him, the verified data will also be the basis for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to recommend regions that are eligible to receive regional incentive funds.