Jakarta (ANTARA) - Economic activities that exploit natural resources and make the environmental carrying capacity unsustainable must be stopped, according to Luluk Nur Hamidah, a member of Commission IV of the House of Representatives (DPR).

"Every economic activity, or related to exploitation, that does not support the realization of a just and sustainable ecology must be stopped," Hamidah said in a release issued here on Tuesday.

She said she believes that a series of recent disasters, such as flooding at a number of locations, were not only the result of weather anomalies, but also inappropriate and ineffective policies.

The lawmaker highlighted massive land clearing issues, such as land clearing for plantations in Kalimantan, which has increased from 15 percent to 72 percent in the last five years.

"In the last two years, land clearing for mining has increased by 13 percent. In addition, many protected forest areas have turned into plantations," she noted.

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Regrettably, around 18,350 hectares of farming land in 11 districts has been threatened with crop failure due to flooding, she said and called on the government to implement right actions and policies without delay, such as implementing a land moratorium.

Minister of Environmental Affairs and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has earlier outlined 11 recommendations to tackle flooding from upstream to downstream, including developing an agroforestry system, building flood control, land rehabilitation, community education, implementing land conservation buildings, and improving drainage and urban planning.

Last January, South Kalimantan province witnessed massive flooding that affected at least 10 districts and cities and claimed five lives. The flooding was the worst to be reported in more than five decades. (INE)

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