Indonesia Allows Underground Mining in Forests, Minister Says
“The ruling is aimed at improving existing management of forest use for mining,” Hasan said at Coaltrans Asia Conference in Bali. “Miners must have mining and land-use permits from the local administration and forestry ministry to operate in protected forests.”
Primary forests and peatlands are excluded from the decree, as the government has imposed a two-year ban on mining and expansion of plantations in those areas, Hasan said.
Indonesia is the world’s largest exporter of power station- coal and tin and is rich with other minerals such as copper, nickel and bauxite.
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