Tin Mining Mitigation Team Established
Monday, 24 January, 2011 | 15:06 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Pangkal Pinang:The Central Government will tackle the problem of environmental damage caused by tin mining in Bangka-Belitung islands. “There will be an agreed action plan to reduce and eliminate environmental damages,” said Vice President Boediono on his flight back from a work visit to Pangkal Pinang to Jakarta last Saturday.
he action plan, said Boediono, will be implemented by a team established by the government, comprised of the ministers of Forestry, the Environment and Energy and Mineral Resources. The team will also try to find an alternative solution for local residents which have been depended on tin mining for their livelihood.
At the same location, Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said that the long-time exploitation of Bangka Belitung has caused the capacity to sustain environmentally decrease critically. From all the regencies/cities, only one or two areas have not been too damaged by tin mining. Mining at sea and on land has been going on for years and became uncontrollable.
The Forestry Ministry, said Zulkifli, have reclaimed tens of thousands of hectares of land from 100.000 hectares of mined land. “But even those land have been mined again, so the reclamation did not go as we expected,” he said.