Case of Land Use and Land Cover area regarding Palm oil coverage and utilization in Indonesia proven the fact that Indonesia still needs to consolidate the information on Indonesia’s fact with relevant actors and stakeholders.
Between Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Menteri Koordinasi Perekonomian [Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs] have no yet consolidated package of land use information and utilization.
The government has closed public access to data on business use rights (HGU) of oil palm plantations. Through a letter from the Deputy of Food and Agriculture Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Musdhalifah Machmud, the government requested the Indonesian Palm Oil Board, the Indonesian Palm Oil Business Association, and company leaders to protect data and information regarding oil palm plantations.
Musdhalifah did not respond to Tempo’s question about the letter she signed last Monday. But Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution said this step was taken because the government was gathering a database for a one map policy program. “We do not want to have the individual data being talked from everywhere first,” Darmin answered Tempo’s question in his office yesterday.
According to Darmin, the one map policy program will be used to support various other programs, such as the oil moratorium and the settlement of land tenure in forest areas. Darmin hopes that the closing of access to HGU information will make the programs run smoothly. “We don’t want to have too much trouble, so we finalize it first,” he said.
Previously, it was revealed that the data of Indonesia’s oil palm plantations was confusing. The number of oil palm plantations that have been recorded by the government is far lower than the reality in the field. The results of the 2014-2016 satellite image analysis conducted by the Coordination and Supervision of the National Movement for the Rescue of Natural Resources, the Corruption Eradication Commission, showed that the area of oil palm plantations had reached 16.7 million hectares, 5 million more than the government data in the same period (Newspaper Tempo, March 21, 2019 edition, “5 Million Hectares of visibly undetected Palm Oil area existence”).
The KPK also found a number of irregularities. The oil palm plantation area is found in a forest area of 3.47 million hectares which has not been released by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. A third of this illegal land area is suspected of being controlled by hundreds of corporations because it is identified as being equipped with a plantation business permit. Civil groups urged the opening of HGU data – mostly used by oil palm plantation companies – to be able to supervise such illegal practices.
However, the letter signed by Musdhalifah on Monday mentioned the data as information that was excluded from being accessed by applicants for public information. The contents of this letter are contrary to the decision of the Supreme Court number 121 K / TUN / 2017. In a public information dispute filed by Forest Watch Indonesia it is clearly stated that administrative documents relating to HGU do not include information that is excluded to be given to the public. Article 11 paragraph 2 of the Public Information Disclosure Act states that information that has been declared open to the public based on dispute resolution is stated as public information.
Another explanation was revealed by Kemenko Consultant as follow:
If I may help explain the situation … At present (in the context of implementing the Moratorium or terminating new licenses and evaluating existing licenses), under KEMENKO the Economy is “reconciling data” on the area of Oil Palm in Indonesia. Reconciliation is carried out because there are differences in the “numbers” that come out of the Ministry of Agriculture (20 million based on the Plantation Business Permit and HGU); BIG (17.9 million palm land cover for Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Maluku); KLHK (15 million in forest areas); BPS (12 million based on Non-spatial Data from the results of an Indonesian Palm Oil Plantation survey); PKSP Secretariat (BIG and Kemenko) for the area of Oil Palm Plantation HGU in all regions of Indonesia (5.6 million based on HGU and 5.9 million for Kalimantan based on land cover) and KEHATI (16.8 million land cover palm). Land cover reconciliation is ongoing and has only reached 70%, so in the near future we will have 1 data for the palm oil area based on land cover and delivered to the public. Furthermore, it will be overlayed with real HGU data to show data outside the HGU indicated as unlicensed gardens, smallholders and possible plantation business permits and HGUs that have not been planted with oil palm. Therefore the ATR / BPN must do or obtain real data related to HGU per company … not polygon blocks. So that the Deputy Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs issued a letter to entrepreneurs who were members of DMSI, GAPKI and company leaders to submit data and information related to their plantation businesses. this collection to get the correct data to compile. That it should not be informed out, as far as I am aware that there must be data that must be released by the Government and the public can access the correct data. For me, this is the right step … because the Government must be able to deliver data to the public through one door …
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