Sunday, October 16, 2011

Are we Protecting Deforestation ?

Last Thursday the Immigration Office at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has deported the Executive Director of the environment organization Greenpeace UK John Sauven.

Sauven was quoted by The Jakarta Globe as saying that he has obtained the correct visa issued by the Indonesian Embassy in London, but was informed by the Immigration officer at Jakarta airport that his name is in the "Red List" therefore banned from entering Indonesia. However, no official notification was issued.

Sauven said that during his visit to Indonesia, he planned to meet with government officials, one of the largest palm oil producer, visit an area deforested by a pulp and paper company in Sumatera and meet the British Ambassador. 

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Immigration Office Herawan Sukoaji told the press last Friday that Sauven was denied entry to Indonesia because he would threaten the stability of Indonesia. He also said that there was the  possibility that Sauven would bring instability and disorder here.
But when he was asked for details, he refused to comment saying that it is a " State Secret ".

This deportation reminds me of several results of campaigns made by Greenpeace against companies involved in the deforestation in Indonesia, such as Unilever's stop of purchase of palm-oil produced by PT Sinar Mas, and Mattel's (Barbie Doll) stop of purchase of paper produced by PT Asia Pulp & Paper in Riau, Sumatera.

I agree that as a sovereign state Indonesia may choose to accept or refuse the visit of any foreigners, however if a foreigner already got a visa from our Embassy abroad the case would be different, it shows inconsistency of the Immigration Office in implementing policies.

The news about the deportation would send a message to the world which is not favorable for Indonesia because in 2007 President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) has promised world leaders that Indonesia will reduce 26% carbon gas emission by 2020  which means that we will stop deforestation
For which purpose the government has issued regulations regarding Carbon Gas Emission reduction last September.

Further, our government has also signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian government regarding Deforestation Moratorium.

For which purposes, the government has recently issued regulations regarding Carbon Emission reduction, including Deforestation.

I hope that the government would be consistent in implementing its Forest Protection policies.

34 comments:

Filipina Ini said...

Public policy is always complicated for politicians/public servants. I think they always think of some considerations when doing or implementing something.

Filipina Ini said...

Good luc with your environment policy. We in the Philippines has also problems, a lot of them, when it comes to this issue.

Webbielady said...

Indeed, these sound like something's boiling...but youknow, they might be some considerations in the side.

Good luck below:

"I hope that the government would be consistent in implementing its Forest Protection policies."...

Munir ardi said...

are they protecting Deforestation or do Deforestation?

Bali Ring said...

He is kind of hypocrite...as long as you ride a car..use computer no way to talk about global warming...

They are always talk about global warming but they still ride a car go clubing and used computer.

Wisata Murah said...

always seem less coordinated
there visible weaknesses relevant officials. like walking alone

attayaya-ponriau said...

ketakutan pemerintah Indonesia akan kritikan dan aksi Greenpeace.
semoga pemerintah makin sadar bahwa pengelolaan hutan Indonesia sangatlah kacau balau dengan berbagai kepentingan yang akhirnya menghancurkan hutan.

save our earth
with our heart

attayaya-ponriau said...

mohon dukungannya

http://www.anazkia.com/2011/10/blogger-hibah-sejuta-buku-fase-kedua.html

Roj said...

If this is the case, then good luck Indonesian Mother nature!

H. Nizam said...

@Filipina Ini,
We can only only that they would focus on what is best for the people and country and enforce the Forestry Law as it is and for everyone without exception.

@WebbieLady,
Environment problems caused by deforestation has occurred i.e unstable weather, climate changes, making big problems for harvesting agriculture products.

@Munir Ardi,
Perhaps both of them.

@Bali Ring,
I agree with you that usage of cars, computers etc contribute to instability of nature. But deforestation played a major role causing climate changes, long dry season, floods during heavy rainfall. This effect harvesting of agricultural products.

@Wisata Murah,
Yes there should be well coordination among government institutions.

@Attayaya-Ponriau,
Kita hanya bisa berharap bahwa pemerintah akan melindungi hutan sesuai hukum dan peraturan yang berlaku.
Saya akan cek link yang anda sebutkan dan mendukungnya.

@Roj,
Let us hope that things would improve very soon.

colson said...

I guess the Greenpeace campaigns got them quite a number of powerful enemies. I believe in the sincere intentions of the President as for deforestation.But apparently he wields only limited control. Part of the bureaucracy and part of the political establishment are able to thwart the official policies, I'm afraid.

By the way banning John Sauven as well the explanation by the Immigration Office spokesman are damaging and ridiculous in my perception.

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
At first I also think that the President is sincere when he made his promises. However, after many years, things do not seemed to be supporting the promises.
Re: deportation of John Sauven would send a bad message to the world about the Prez who has promised to stop deforestation until the end of his office in 2014.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

HOPEFULLY YOUR GOVERNMENT WILL SEE SENSE, BECAUSE ONCE THESE FORESTS ARE GONE, THEY WON'T COME BACK AS BEFORE'

Hajarabis said...

join to hajarabis

H. Nizam said...

@Peter/Kiwi,
I also hope so.

@Hajarabis,
Memang harus dihajar habis bleh.

Popi said...

Maybe our gov think: "Greenpeace isn't green my eyes" hehe..

H. Nizam said...

@Popi,
Maybe that's the reason .... lol

r10 said...

hutan indonesia musti diselamatkan, jangan takut dengan greenpeace

seharusnya yg dideportasi itu pelaku pengrusakan hutan

Setyo-Utomo Said said...

I agree with you that we must be consistent to save the world. Have a great week ahead !

katils said...

eap mudah-mudahan pmerintah sdar dan kritikan-kritikan msyarakt di dgar krn bgaimanapun kritikan sifatnya membangun mengajak membenahi dsbgainya

Wind said...

Is like in Romania...the same problems!
My best regards from Romania!

_ciids said...

pastinya..

sebab dari kritikan2 tsb bsa dblang juga merupakan bagian dari suara2 rakyat yang menginginkan yg terbaik kedepanna

H. Nizam said...

@R10,
Kalau negara kita mau berkembang maju maka htan harus diselamatkan.

@Utomo,
Yes Pak, there must be a consistency to protect the forests.

@Katils,
Mudah2an pemerintah mau mendengar pendapat kita sebagai warga negara.

@Wind,
I am surprised to know that Romania is facing similar problems.

@Ciids,
Mudah2an keadaan akan membaik di masa dekat ini.

socafahreza's blog said...

it's good article :)..

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

banyak sekali keputusan2 nyetrik yg dibuat pemerintah...

H. Nizam said...

@Socafahreza,
I am glad that you like my writing. Thank you.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Mudah2an dengan perubahan kabinet akan memperbaiki kinerja pemerintahan.

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kezedot said...

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H. Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Terima kasih atas informasi dan saran anda yang sangat berguna bagi saya. Akan saya lakukan nanti.

@Attayaya,
Saya perlu membaca posting anda tsb.

@Kezedot,
Terima kasih atas kunjungan dan komentar anda.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

A shame they went down this path. Greenpeace is trying to bring the problems of deforestation to local governments and the international community. When these forests are gone, they are gone and things will never be the same again.

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

semoga saja begitu pak...

dari perubahan kabinet ini, perubahan di pos apa yang bapak suka? maksudnya menteri apa yang bapak anggep keputusan pak Beye cukup tepat?

H. Nizam said...

@Peter/Kiwi,
For Indonesians, deforestation has caused unstable seasons causing floods and landslide during rainy seasons, and drought during dry season. All of which caused harvest failure, drop in fresh water and electric power supply.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Tentang Kabinet baru, terus terang saya masih belum ada yang patut di jadikan 'idola'. Perlu diberi waktu paling tidak 12 bulan untuk bekerja.

Nationwide Auto Loan said...

Indeed, these audio like something is hot...but youknow, they might be some concerns in the part.