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Focus Group Discussion on Mined Site Restoration on State Forestland


The Indonesian Ministry of Environment & Forestry regulations allow for mining in portions of the country's forestry estate. The Ministry tries to mitigate the impact of mining by requiring concession holders to carry out rehabilitation. Government regulations require that the mining companies restore the mining sites to their original condition. They also require progressive rehabilitation so that mining areas no longer being actively used are restored while new areas are opened up for extraction. How exactly to implement these regulations, however, is very confusing for many mining companies. To address this issue, ELTI and its partner organizations organized a day-long focus group discussion/workshop to discuss the best ways to interpret the regulations and to explore the companies' capacity building needs.