The Case of Tripa Peat Swamp: Entry Point To Revision Of Moratorium Map | KOMPAS
Friday, May 18, 2012 | 03:15 AM
Jakarta, Kompas – The case of land use in Tripa Peat Swamp of Aceh’s Nagan Raya District is a small example of chaos in the Indonesian forest management. The government is urged to review the 4.8 million ha of forest excluded from the forestry moratorium map during the first revision.
”This case of Tripa, even that the area in dispute only of 1,605 ha, has uncover the truth about how chaotic the management of moratorium data astually is,” said Elfian Effendi, Executive Director of Greenomics Indonesia, Wednesday (16/5), in Jakarta.
The area of 1.605 in Tripa is part of 4.8 million of land and forest excluded by the government form its moratorium status during the revision of the Inficative Map for the Postponing iof New Lisence. (Peta Indikatif Penundaan Izin Baru – PIPIB), which were initially within the moratorium plan.
This case emerged after a number of NGOs protested against new lisence issued by the Governor of Aceh covering 1,605 ha to PT KA, although the particular area is within the Leuser Ecosystem’s solid peatlands with high biodiversity.
Task Force REDD+, which is also the Presidential Working Unit for the Development Supervision and Control (Unit Kerja Presiden untuk Pengawasan dan Pengendalian Pembangunan – UKP4) then recommended to investigate the case. The focus of the case are clearing by burning, land clering and planting of oil palm without permit and concession lisence and lisence to the use of peatlands. The Ministry of Environment, the National Police and the Attorney General have conducted onsite investigation by the beginning of May 2012.
Land Status Discrepancy
Looking deeper into the case of Tripa Peat Swamp, Elfian identified inconsistency in the registration of the status of Tripa Peat Swamp. The Task Force REDD+ was informed by the National Land Agency (Badan Pertanahan Nasional – BPN) that no concession exists in Tripa Peat Swamp. The report submitted to the Ministry of Forestry stated in thr contrary that Tria Peat Swamp is overseen with concessions, so that it was excluded from the moratorium map.
”If this occures in Tripa Peat Swamp, it might well occure in other areas within the 4.8 million ha having been excluded from the moratorium map (during the first revision) . We also urge Kuntoro (Head of Task Force REDD+ and Head of UKP4) to also investigate the discrepancu of those above mentoioned data,” he said.
In their release, the Task Force REDD+ commented that the Forestry Minister can re-include Tripa Peat Swamp in the second revision process of the moratorium map on the coming Mei 20, considrering that the comany has no concession permit for the 1,605 ha that has already been cleared and planted with oil palm.
Head of Task Force REDD+ Kuntoro Mangkusubroto emphasized that (the new elected) Aceh Governor revise the lisence of PT KA covering 1,605 ha. Revision needs to also be conducted to lisences of other companies in Tripa, since the peat depth in this area is more than 3 metres, which supposed to be protected and suffers under clearing by burning. (ICH)