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24 Jan 2017

Martha Soezean, The Online Citizen

Indonesia: President orders immediate revocation of permits of companies found to be involved in forest fires

"Indonesia President asks for immediate permits revocation for companies involved in forest fires", 23 Jan 2017

Today (23 Jan) President Joko Widodo asked permits of companies involved in forest fire to be revoked immediately. “There should be no compromise with regard to forest fires,” the President said.

Antara News reported Mr Jokowi [as saying]…"I observed in 2015 to 2016 some (permits) were repealed, some were frozen, and some (corporations) were given a warning. I request that in 2017 there is no warning. Just freeze or revoke their permits.”…

At least three companies permits had been revoked, 16 companies had their license suspended and 115 companies received warnings in cases involved land and forest fires during the period in 2015…

He also expects the synergy between central government agencies, police, military, and provincial and district governments in an effort to prevent forest fires and land. "They should really work together in preventions, moving quickly to the fields, when the fire is still in a small location so that land and forest fires do not occur in 2017," the president said…