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The tangled threads of Palm Oil Plantation Permits in Papua and West Papua Evaluated

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MANOKWARI, KOMPAS.TV – Licensing of oil palm plantations in Papua and West Papua was finally evaluated after reaping many polemics like tangled threads.

A number of parties such as ministries, institutions, and local governments were also involved in carrying out the evaluation.

The Head of the Regional Office of the National Land Agency (BPN) of West Papua Province, Freddy Kolintama, also said that cross-sectoral coordination is very much needed so that evaluations can be carried out optimally.

In addition, it should also be remembered that oil palm plantations are one of the industries that contribute positively to the national economy.

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Thus, the implementation of the evaluation is based on Presidential Instruction (Inpres) Number 8 of 2018 concerning Suspension and Evaluation of Oil Palm Plantation Permits and Improvement of Oil Palm Plantations.

“Furthermore, based on the results of the evaluation of permits for oil palm plantations, it is necessary to strive for sustainable land management and legal certainty,” said Freddy in his written statement, Sunday (15/08/2021).

“As well as the Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) that is not utilized, it can become a location for asset management activities through land redistribution,” he added.

Furthermore, the Head of the Department of Food Crops, Horticulture and Plantation of West Papua Province, Yacob S Fonataba also found a number of violations from the evaluation results.

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