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Environment minister Siti Nurbaya explains sea sand export policy

Tempo - June 13, 2023

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has spoken up about the policy on sea sand dredging and export regulated in Government Regulation (PP) No. 26 of 2023 concerning the Management of Sea Sedimentation Products.

"The sedimentation products include the waste that enters the sea, including what may have sunk in the past, iron or something. That is the result of sedimentation as a whole," Siti said in a Working Meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission IV at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, on Monday, June 12, 2023.

From an environmental point of view, she explained that the ministry sees sedimentation as the result of the inflow process of material from higher to lower ground. It is also the result of alluviation, namely the deposition of material in the same direction due to movement, wind, and others.

PP No. 26 of 2023, according to her, is a derivative of Law No. 32 of 2014 concerning Maritime which aims at supporting the maintenance of the coastal's carrying capacity and marine ecosystems.

Thus, he emphasized that sedimentation management is excluded from the core zone of the conservation area, except for the interests of the conservation area.

Siti did not deny that there are rules on export, underlying that marine sediment exports can be carried out as long as domestic needs are met. Mining business permits for the sale of sedimentation products, she added, will be issued by the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry or the governor. As for exports, the permit issuance will be under the Trade Ministry's authority.

Siti Nurbaya, related to the sea sand export policy, said that the Environment and Forestry Ministry is also responsible for permits issued through an Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal) and Environmental Management Effort and Environmental Monitoring Effort (UKL/UPL). "So we still have control instruments in the process," she emphasized.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1736693/environment-minister-siti-nurbaya-explains-sea-sand-export-polic