01 Feb '11, 3pm

Hundreds of firms operating illegally on Borneo: Indonesia - Straits Times

JAKARTA - INDONESIA admitted on Tuesday that hundreds of mine and plantation companies are operating illegally on Borneo island, and promised to beef up law enforcement to protect forests and threatened species. The forestry ministry made the startling admission that less than 20 per cent of plantation companies and less than 1.5 per cent of mining firms had official operating permits in Central Kalimantan, on the Indonesian side of Borneo. 'There are only 67 plantation companies out of 352 that operate legally in Central Kalimantan province, while there are only nine out of 615 mine units that operate legally,' the ministry said in a statement. The findings were released after an investigation by a task force set up by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to look into the 'forest mafia' - networks of miners, planters and officials blamed for rampant illegal land clearing. I...

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