Magazine article New Internationalist

Forests Down the Mine Shaft

Magazine article New Internationalist

Forests Down the Mine Shaft

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Transnational mining companies and foreign governments are lobbying the Indonesian Government to open up protected forest areas, national parks and other protected areas for mining. With approximately four hectares of Indonesian rainforest disappearing every minute, local communities and environmental justice groups have responded by demanding that the protected forest areas remain intact and free from mining.

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After intense lobbying from the mining industry, environmental groups and its own Cabinet, the Indonesian House of Representatives has duck-shoved decisions by setting up a scientific committee to consider 158 individual proposals to mine in protected areas. The committee will assess on technical grounds whether projects should proceed and then report back to the Indonesian Parliament. …

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