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Indonesia Allows Underground Mining in Forests, Minister Says

Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week issued a decree allowing underground mining in some protected forests for coal and minerals, Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said.

“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.”