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Minister of National Development Planning and Head of the National Development Planning Agency, Bambang Brodjonegoro., Jakarta – The government has assured that the transfer of the capital city to Kalimantan will not damage its preserved forest, Minister of National Development Planning and Head of the National Development Planning Agency Bambang Brodjonegoro said. “The area (that will be developed as a new capital city) is vacant land. Thus it will not disturb the forest,” Bambang told the press after a discussion on the transfer of the capital city, here Wednesday (10/7/2019).

Instead, the government will conduct reforestation he added.

Of the total Rp466 trillion of budget to move the capital city from Jakarta to Kalimantan, a part of it would be allocated to the recovery of the deforested land.

The plan to allocate the budget for reforestation was in line with President Joko Widodo’s order conveyed in the cabinet meeting recently, to build a green capital city.

“(President Jokowi) has ordered Mrs. Siti (Minister of Environment and Forestry) that there must be a reforestation program. It can be done using the budget,” he said.

Deforestation in Kalimantan was due to mining activities and palm oil plantation, Bambang admitted. Therefore, the government is committed to conducting reforestation alongside the development of the new capital.

The prospective land is vacant thus it would not create a new problem for the locals and cause any agrarian conflict, the government has assured.

“At least, there will be no land dispute and a legal suit that, furthermore, will hamper the development process. We hope that the land could be prepared soon after we determine the location,” he added.

President Joko Widodo will soon announce the location of the new capital city, Bambang said earlier.

“Hopefully, in the near future, the president will announce the location (for the new capital city),” he said.

Among the prospective locations are Bukit Soeharto in East Kalimantan, Gunung Mas in Central Kalimantan, and the Golden Triangle of Central Kalimantan.

Currently, the government is conducting reviews to determine the location and a decision will be made by the president. (ase)





The Manggala Agni fire-fighting brigade of Kapuas-Pulang Pisau in Central Kalimantan work with the police and army personnel to carry out integrated patrols to prevent forest and land fires., Jakarta – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) and related stakeholders are working together to intensify patrols to prevent and control land and forest fires (karhutla). “A technical evaluation has been done in each agency, local government, stakeholders (stakeholders), the community,” said Director of Forest Fire and Land Control of KLHK Raffles B Panjaitan when contacted from Jakarta Thursday (11/7/2019).

Manggala Agni fire-fighting brigades in North Sumatra, Riau, Riau Islands, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, and Central Kalimantan, in addition to South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi routinely conduct daily patrols in an effort to prevent and control forest and land fires.

The company is also involved in forest fire control efforts in accordance with Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation Number 32 of 2016.

Regional and village governments have also used Village Funds, Forestry Natural Resources Revenue Sharing Funds, and reforestation funds to support karhutla control efforts, Raffles said.

Updated Landsat satellite imagery on July 10, 2019 shows the forest area and burned land area of measuring 42,740 hectares.

All relevant ministries and institutions carry out their duties related to controlling forest and land fires in accordance with their respective fields.

The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs works on prevention activities while the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs coordinates countermeasures and recovery efforts with the help of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture. (ant)

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Over these past few days, bush and forest fires have been spotted in certain areas around the city. On July 2, a thin cloud of smog blanketed the city's sky., Banjar Baru – The authorities in Palangka Raya have been striving to halt the recurrence of bush and forest fires in the Central Kalimantan Province’s capital city amid the dry season, while the city’s health workers are also preparing to help the residents affected by smog.

“At the moment, none of the city’s residents are suffering from health problems due to the impact of the smog,” Acting Head of the Palangka Raya Health Office, Andjar Hari Purnomo, said here on Thursday (4/7/2019).

Over these past few days, bush and forest fires have been spotted in certain areas around the city. On July 2, a thin cloud of smog blanketed the city’s sky.

Purnomo said his office has taken precautionary measures to anticipate unexpected eventualities by ensuring the readiness of health centers and the availability of medicines.

As part of the precautionary measures, health workers recently distributed face masks to the city’s firefighters, he said.

Several provinces in the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sumatera have frequently been challenged by the recurrence of bush and forest fires partly due to vulnerable peatlands, and the ongoing slash and burn agricultural practice.

On Thursday (4/7/2019) afternoon, fire scorched 20 hectares of peatland in two villages of Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province, amid the dry season that has mired fire-extinguishing efforts, Nagan Raya Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BPBD’s) Acting Head, Hamidi, stated.

In a bid to prevent the fire from worsening in certain peatland areas in Cot Mue Village in Tadu Raya Sub-district and Kuala Tripa Village in Tripa Makmur Sub-district, BPBD workers had built canal blockings, he revealed.

In South Sumatra, the police had give an ultimatum to the province’s plantation companies and farmers to not use slash and burn farming methods during this year’s dry season to avoid the recurrences of land and forest fires.

The slash and burn agricultural practice is completely prohibited, as it can trigger the occurrences of land and forest fires that cause a haze crisis.

The smog not only affects the health of the local people but is also a problem for neighboring countries since it potentially threatens the people’s health and aviation activities. (ret)

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Despite the ballot boxes suffering some damage the important documents and marked ballot papers kept inside were unaffected., Kuala Kapuas – Some 155 ballot boxes suffered light to heavy damage after the hall at the Mantangai Subdistrict office in Kapuas District, Central Kalimantan Province, collapsed Tuesday, April 23, the Kapuas General Elections Commission (KPU) revealed.

“The damaged ballot boxes belong to 26 polling stations,” Head of Kapuas District’s General Elections Commission Jamilah Maisura said here Thursday (25/4/2019) when asked about the impact on documents and marked ballot papers inside the boxes that bore the brunt when the hall collapsed.

However, despite the ballot boxes suffering some damage the important documents and marked ballot papers kept inside were unaffected, she said.

The counting of votes was not disrupted by this accident because none of the important documents and marked ballot papers were damaged, Maisura said.

On April 17, more than 80 percent of 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia cast their votes for their representatives in the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.

They also voted for their preferred pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates at over 800 thousand polling stations throughout the archipelago.

An exit poll conducted by the Prabowo-Sandi pair camp showed they had garnered 55.4 percent of the votes, Coordinator of the pair’s National Winning Body’s spokespersons Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak revealed.

Simultaneously, quick counts from several pollsters telecast live by several television stations indicate a steady lead for the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin pair, surpassing that of the Prabowo-Sandi pair.

Both camps presently await the General Elections Commission’s (KPU’s) real count, as the final result is legally binding.

Subianto accused Jokowi-Amin pair of attempting to sway public opinion through the pollsters of TV stations.

However, presidential candidate number 02 Subianto has urged his loyalists and volunteers to maintain calm and safeguard the ballot boxes.

“Please remain focused on securing all ballot boxes since votes are the key to fighting deceit,” he affirmed. (ant)

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