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President to tighten issuance of permits for forest industry

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) revealed here on Wednesday that he'll tighten requirements on the issuance of permits for the forest industry to safeguard natural resources and preserve the setting. Hence, the authority should take corrective action, mainly concerning issuing licenses. In future, if there's an organization applying for a permit, the jurisdiction should adhere to the procedures while attentively analyzing the surgeries affects in temperament, the president commented at the Environmental Ministrys Manggala Wanabakti compound in Jakarta.

We must stop issuing any careless and irresponsible work licenses to companies planning to use in forest areas, Jokowi noted in his opening remarks during the party of Environmental Day 20 17. The president further pointed out that now, several shielded forests and national parks were confronting the threat of exploitation by some companies.

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According to the president, a few businesses appeared to exploit secure national parks, for example, to make way for industrial or provincial parks. In line with their identify, national parks are part of protected woods. Nevertheless, the areas have been gradually manipulated, and now, hundreds and possibly even thousands of hectares of the natural forests had been destroyed, the president commented.

In his speech, the president called for a reform for the administration of peatland and forest areas. The most important objective of granting permits for businesses in forest areas will be to increase the wellbeing of these people. The situation now is that almost all communities living near industrial woods are poor. Thus, we must reconsider whether the Teak wood plantations had contributed to the peoples well-being? The president rhetorically asked the audience.

As stated by Jokowi, the federal government will employ two strategies -- agro-forestry and silvopasture -- such as governing the usage of organic resources in woods. Throughout the party, the president planted a Teak wood tree (tectona grandis) sapling and launched a special stamp to mark Environmental Day. This years commemoration was held with the Environmental Ministry beneath the Connecting People to Nature subject. The function aimed to raise the individuals awareness towards environmental issues, such as waste management, deforestation, as well as water and air contamination.