Merauke, Jubi – Merauke Regent Frederikus Gebze said his administration would restrict palm oil operations and applications for permits from investors would be carefully reviewed.
He said palm oil plantation operations had destroyed the forest and caused environmental damage.
“It becomes a task under my leadership for the next five years, that we should protect and keep the sustainability of the forest. So the forest ecosystem would not be destroyed due to deforestation,” he said.
Earlier, the EU Ambassador Vincent Guerend said the European Union was strongly concerned on the environmental, education and health issues.
“The forest, said Guerend, should be well protected and sustained,” he said.
“We already collaborated with some other regions in Indonesia to protect the forest. In addition to the government, the customary landowners also need to be involved in this program. Hopefully this program could be well implemented in Merauke Regency,” he added. (Ans K/rom)