Flood in Tripa Caused By Damaged Peat Function
ACEH TERKINI – The Destruction of Tripa Peat Swamp within Leuser Ecosystem in Nagan Raya District has caused frequent floods in the area.
This has been explained by the expert in environmental destruction of the Agruculture Institute of Bogor (IPB) Dr. Ir Basuki Wasis, being the expert witnes of the MoE during the court session on the Tripa peat fire case filed by the MoE against PT. Kalista Alam.
In front of the panel of judges chaired by Rahmawati SH at the District Court of Meulaboh, Thursday (4/7/2013), he explainded that the peat in Tripa is destroyed, that it has losat its thickness of between 10 to 20 cm, causing the area to be frequently flooded.
The damage to the peat was caused by peat fire and the opening of large canals.
“Those are the two main causes for the peat damage leading to frequent floods in the areas,” revealed the Lecturer of IPB’s Faculty of Forestry.
His explanantion has been also challenged by the lawyer of PT. Kalista Alam, Alfian. “I would again ask, whether it is true that if peat is burnt or canals are open, this can lead to floods?” asked Alfian.
“Yes, it is clear the peat fire and canals opening lead to peat subsicence and floods,” replied Basuki Wasis firmly.
Basuki Wasis said that peat absorbs carbon and water. “If peat is damaged, the surrounding environment will be disturbed,” said Basuki in reply to acehterkini after the court session.
Basuki Wasis was invited be the MoE to be an expert witness during for this civil case.
Present during the session are MoE legal representative Fauzul Abrar, State Prosecutors Ryan Palasi and Cahyani, MoE’s Deputy Assistant in Environmental Dispute Cicilia Sulastri and Umar Suyudi (Head of the Enviornmental Dispute Resolution of the MoE).
Representing the defendant are Luhut M.P Pangaribuan, Irianto Subiakto, Rebecca F. E Siahaan, Alfian C. Sarumaha and Firman Lubis.
The court session was chaired by Rahmwati SH, also present are the two other judges Fery Hardiansyah SH and Juanda Wijaya SH.