Greenpeace: East Asia Mining Behind the Reclassification of Aceh’s Protection Forest

KBR68H, Jakarta – Greenpeace criticise the mining company East Asia Mining for being involved in the plan for reclassification of 1.2 million ha of protected forest in Aceh. Greenpeace South East Asia’s forest campaigner Yuyun Indradi said that his organisation will work together with environmental activists in Aceh to continue reject the forest reclassification plan.

“And East Asia Mining has also admitted that they are behind the spatial plan known to release 1.2 million ha of forest area for mining. This is an ecological suicide, since this area will be totally destroyed through mining,” explained Yuyun in Jakarta.

Yuyun Indradi added that the effort for reclassification will potentially trigger environmental disaster in Aceh. Besides, this kind of action by the Provincial Government of Aceh is a violation of law, particularly that the plan was announced in the middle of the implementation of forest moratorium.

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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

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