House Members Highlight Excessive Forest Exploration Activities

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NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – n Members of Commission IV of the House of Representatives highlighted the excessive exploration and encroachment of forests by a number of parties that contributed to various disasters such as floods that occurred in South Kalimantan.

Hermanto in a release in Jakarta, Sunday, confirmed that the root of this problem is personal or corporate actions that are not responsible in carrying out their obligations. But want to enjoy the rights that have.

“If we do not pay attention to how to maintain the environment, this can lead to excessive exploration of forests that result in landslides and floods,” said Hermanto.

He reminded that there are still cases related to the forestry sector such as building in water areas. Do not repair cliffs, and do not pay attention to the ecosystem of forest areas in various regions.

In addition, he said, land ownership in the forest is very exploratory. The amount of mastery is vast and then explored in such a way. It also results in an escalation of deforestation and seeks benefits for the benefit of corporations without reclamation.

Hermanto said there must be a policy and an in-depth explanation of the cause of this flood event.

“We have to see why, this is what we’re supposed to be in. So that information related to factors, variables, constraints, and flood solutions can be identified,” he said.

According to him, the issue of disaster is very multidimensional, the aspect is very large and wide. So it cannot be faced in reactive ways and there must be a comprehensive policy.

Encourage People to Replanting

In closing, Hermanto reminded the government to invite people to replant forests and watersheds. As well as reminding not to make buildings on the banks of rivers and cliffs that can cause repeated flooding.

As reported, the narrowing of forest areas has increased the risk of flooding in South Kalimantan. According to the analysis of the National Aviation and Space Agency (LAPAN) on the cause of flooding that hit the province on January 12-13, 2021.

LAPAN analysis shows the contribution of forest depreciation in the last 10 years to the increased risk of flooding in the South Kalimantan region.

Land cover data shows that from 2010 to 2020 there is a shrinkage of the area of primary forests, secondary forests, rice fields. And shrubs each 13 thousand hectares (ha), 116 thousand ha, 146 thousand ha, and 47 thousand ha in South Kalimantan.

While the plantation area in the region according to the data changes in land cover area increased to 219 thousand ha.

“Changes in land cover in the past 10 years can give an idea of the possibility of flooding in the Barito watershed. So that it can be used as one of the inputs to support flood mitigation efforts in the future,” said Head of LAPAN Remote Sensing Utilization Center M Rokhis Khomaruddin. (aka)