KLHK Consider Seizing Profit From Land Burning Corporations

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) is considering seizing the profits of companies proven to burn land and cause the forest fires.

KLHK Consider Seizing Profit From Land Burning Corporations
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TRIBUNBATAM.id -  The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) is considering seizing the profits of companies that proven to burn the land and cause the forest fires. 

KLHK Director General of Law Enforcement, Rasio Ridho Sani, said that the profit grabbing was one of the schemes prepared by KLHK to provide a deterrent effect for the companies that causing forest fires. 

Rasio said KLHK was consulting with a number of experts in considering the appropriation of these benefits. 

According to Rasio, the appropriation of profits will be applied by tracing lands that had burned down and converted into plantations. 

"The fires two years ago can still be traced. We can see it, now it is an oil palm plantation or other plantations, of course we can take the profit grabbing," said Rasio. 

He added, KLHK was also considering the application of other additional articles for environmental destroyers in addition to the articles on environmental pollution and damage. 

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"At the moment we are drafting, upholding the law using layered articles. In addition to articles relating to the pollution, destruction, and now we are thinking about imposing additional crimes," Ratio said. 

Forest and land fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have occurred in recent times. As a result, smog covered a number of cities and disrupted the activities and health of the residents. 

Based on data from the BNPB on Thursday at 16:00 WIB, a total of 328,724 hectares of land were burned with 4,319 hotspots during January-August 2019. 

The Central Kalimantan Province has the most hotspots, namely 1,996 points, then West Kalimantan (1,150); South Kalimantan (199); South Sumatra (194); Jambi (105); and Riau (14). (*)

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