Thursday, 28 January 2010

Illegal Logging in Kangean Island (Indonesia) on the Rise

Illegal Logging in Kangean Island (Indonesia) on the Rise

Wednesday, 27 January, 2010 | 14:55 WIB

TEMPO Interactive,

Sumenep:The Agency for the Study and Protection of Public Policy Victims (LP2KP) is demanding a firm action from the Sumenep Environment Agency (BLH) given that illegal logging is increasing in Kangean Island and continues to damage the forests. “At present, only 25 percent remains from the protected forest area and 45 percent from the production forest,” said Hamid, LP2KP chief, yesterday.

Based on LP2KP’s investigations carried out from November to December 2009, over 4.000 trunks of teak trees and other trees were transported on four motor boats every day. “The forest area in Kangean Island is under the Pamekasan branch of state-owned forest management company Perhutani ,” said BLH Sumenep chief, Abdul Muthalib.

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