Left Menu
Development News Edition

Indonesia seals palm, timber concessions amid forest fires -ministry

Reuters | Jakarta | Updated: 15-08-2019 16:44 IST | Created: 15-08-2019 16:39 IST
Indonesia seals palm, timber concessions amid forest fires -ministry

Indonesia has sealed parts of palm oil and timber concessions owned by 10 companies on Borneo island after a spate of forest fires, authorities said on Thursday, warning those involved in forest burning would be severely punished. Indonesia is under pressure to end slash-and-burn clearance of land, often on plant palm and pulp plantations. The practice caused devastating fires in 2015 that spread a choking haze across most of Southeast Asia.

The disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) recorded 1,092 hot spots as of Thursday, the highest since the 2015 fires, and at least six provinces on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo have declared an emergency. About 200 hectares (494 acres) of land had been sealed in Borneo's West Kalimantan province, the environment ministry said.

Warning letters were also sent to 58 plantation firms with hot spots indicating a fire or a high risk of fire, said Rasio Ridho Sani, the ministry's director-general of law enforcement. "Corporations which are found to be involved in forest burning must be punished severely," Sani said in a statement.

The fires had mostly broken out in palm and timber concessions said the ministry, which only identified the companies by their initials. Authorities have deployed 36 helicopters and 9,072 personnel to monitor the situation and put out fires when detected.

President Joko Widodo has threatened to replace military and police officers fighting forest fires from their posts if they fail to extinguish the flames. In Sumatra, a fire had also broken out in Tesso Nilo, an 81,700-hectare national park in the province of Riau, according to the environment ministry. The park is a habitat for critically endangered tigers and elephants.

Also Read: Companies Invest Heavily in Employee Health Management IT Solutions to Improve Employees' Well-Being and Corporate Performance


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Videos

Latest News

India dismisses controversy over Jaishankar's remarks on Buddha

India on Sunday dismissed the controversy over the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, saying External Affairs Minister S Jaishankars remarks on him was about our shared Buddhist heritage and theres no doubt that the founder of Buddhism was born i...

Nitish Kumar plants sapling on 'Bihar Prithvi Diwas'

On the occasion of Bihar Prithvi Diwas, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday planted a sapling of Patli tree in the state capital for environmental protection through plantation drive. The exercise, which began on World Environment Day on ...

CanSino to start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in Saudi

Saudi Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinas CanSino Biologics Inc, a Saudi health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. Last month, CanSinos co-founder said the compa...

Get quarantined in college and appear for exam: Students told

Amid the rising coronavirus cases, a private dental college located near Pune city in Maharashtra has asked over 150 of its students to appear for examination in person next month, after getting quarantined there for two weeks. Students of ...

Give Feedback