INDONESIAN NGO SUES OFFICIAL OVER CEMENT PERMIT
The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), an Indonesian NGO, filed a lawsuit against the head of the Aceh Tamiang district, Hamdan Sati, at the Banda Aceh Administrative Court for a permit that they issued to a cement factory to operate in the nationally protected Leuser Ecoystem. The Leuser Ecosystem is among Southeast Asia's last swaths of intact rainforest. The cement company, PT Tripa Semen Aceh, has a license to develop a mine and a factory on more than 2,500 hectares of land in Kaloy Village, which is located in Aceh Tamiang's Tamiang Hulu subdistrict. According to the lawsuit submitted by Walhi, the cement license violates laws and ministerial decrees, including that the Leuser Ecoystem must be managed under principles of sustainable use. Additionally, Walhi explains that the cement company will exacerbate the district's water problems, resulting in deforestation and water scarcity. Leuser is the lone location on earth where orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and Sumatran tigers coexist naturally. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2016/08/ngo-sues-aceh-official-over-cement-factory-permit-in-leuser-ecosystem/.