Posted by: Hendra Siry | 1 July, 2008

Walhi to hold seminar on environmental crime in Lampung

Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) – The Lampung branch of the Indonesian Environment Forum (Walhi) is scheduled to hold a seminar on `Environmental Crime and Publication of Environmental Complaint Post` at Lampung Unviersity, here on Monday.

The seminar`s participants would include local officials, legislators, police personnel, NGO activists, academicians, fishermen, and university students, Executive Director of Walhi chapter of Lampung Mukri Friatna said here on Monday.

Environmental crimes continued to occur in Lampung because there was no a mechanism to deal with the crimes, according to Tri Mulyaningsih of the Walhi Lampung`s LEFT Devision.

Among the environmental crimes in the province were illegal logging activities, poaching of endangered animals, ecological degradation, and river pollution.

Some 32 hills and mountains in Lampung were damaged to due mining activities. Of the hills and mountains, 23 were seriously damaged, and nine were almost destroyed, she said.

More than 50 percent of the 17,557 hectares of mangrove forest areas in Lampung were also damaged as most of the mangrove areas were converted into shrimp ponds, she said.

About 70 percent of forests in Lampung province were degraded due to, among other things, illegal logging activities, human encroachment and forest conversion into plantation areas, she said.

Such environmental crimes were categorized as human rights violation, she said. (*)


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