Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) predicts that environmental damage in Indonesia in 2011 will increase by 50 percent to 70 percent from last year`s figure.

Walhi activist Mukri Friatna said there were six factors which would contribute to the damage, namely the fact that the government continues to issue operation licenses for big mining and paper companies.

Another factor was the threshold of company`s waste to be disposed which was considered to be relatively loose and no longer relevant to the actual conditions. Mukri referred to the environmental impact assessment (Amdal) report obliged for every companies. The report, he said, was not yet putting natural disaster and human rights as valued points.

The third factor was the absence of a governmental regulation about guidelines for devising a strategic environmental research program (KLHS). The fourth was the fact that many provinces and districts had not yet completed their Regional Regulation on Spatial Planning.

Mukri also said there were companies and hospitals which had not yet made Amdal reports and proper waste management. He also considered the government was being too slow in handling cases related to environmental damage.

He said the ongoing environmental degradation might cause various ecological disasters which could eventually affect the people.


Editor: Suryanto
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