Publication Date:May 3, 2012
More than 100 mining companies are operating without licenses in forest areas across 471,000 hectares in Indonesia, reports The Jakarta Post.
A recent report from Indonesia's Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) found 115 companies are operating in forests controlled by the Ministry of Forestry. The agency called for an investigation into the companies.
The findings are based on sampling in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Maluku, among other areas. Elfian Effendi, executive director of Greenomics-Indonesia, said the number of companies operating illegally in designated forest areas is actually higher.
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