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Indonesia restricts logging permits

Antara - December 4, 1997

Jakarta – The Indonesian government has announced that it will stop issuing new logging permits except for Irian Jaya and East Timor.

The Forestry Ministry secretary general, Oetomo, said Wednesday that there were enough Forestry Concession Right Holders (HPH) in the country already.

He said it was now more important to improve the performance of the present HPH holders.

He said there were at present some 398 HPH holders, but the performances of a large number of them were not good, as could be seen from the number of annual working plan proposals rejected by the government.

However, the ministry would keep open the opportunity for investing in timber estates in Irian Jaya and East Timor, he said, adding that investors had so far been reluctant to invest there due to security reason.