Monday, March 20, 2017

1) Freeport Indonesia resumes copper concentrate production


2) Papuan students in Bali protest against Freeport
3) Chief Maritime Minister Demands Firmer Regulations to Manage Raja Ampat Islands
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1) Freeport Indonesia resumes copper concentrate production
3 Hours Ago REUTERS 
Freeport McMoRan's Indonesian unit has resumed production of copper concentrate at its giant Grasberg mine, a spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday, ending a more than one-month stoppage.
"We have begun to resume operations in stages," Freeport Indonesiaspokesman Riza Pratama said, confirming that copper concentrate production had resumed on Tuesday.
Freeport stopped producing copper concentrate on Feb. 11 after Indonesia prevented it from exporting the material used to make refined copper, and its sole domestic buyer halted operations due to a strike.

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2) Papuan students in Bali protest against Freeport

Jakarta | Mon, March 20, 2017 | 02:18 pm




Dozens of people claiming to be workers of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia hold a rally in front of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Jakarta on March 6, urging the government to immediately resolve its dispute with the company. (JP/Viriya P. Singgih)



Dozens of students grouped under the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) in Bali protested on Monday in front of the United States Consulate General on Jl. Hayam Wuruk, Denpasar.
They expressed their rejection of the presence of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua.
Before the protests, they marched from the east parking area of Renon.
The students carried handouts that read "Freeport has to rehabilitate environmental damage", "Freeport came, human nature in Papua lost", "let us make our own choices".
The leader of the protest, Gidion Logo, said in 51 years, Freeport had not given any real benefit to the community in Papua. 
AMP coordinator Nipson Murib said the protest only aimed to fight for the fate of the people and the land of Papua.
"When Freeport came, they destroyed our natural resources. We lived off the land through farming, not gold mining," Murib said as quoted by kompas.com
He said local communities faced intimidation in Papua.
The rally ran peacefully under police escort. (dis/wit)

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3) Chief Maritime Minister Demands Firmer Regulations to Manage Raja Ampat Islands

By : Amrozi Amenan | on 10:04 AM March 21, 2017
Jakarta. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has called on the West Papua provincial  administration to improve its regulations for managing the Raja Ampat Islands, a world-famous diving spot, after a British cruise ship damaged coral reefs there earlier this month.
A task force has been deployed to assess the damage caused by the ship, Caledonian Sky, when it ran aground in shallow waters during low tide on March 4. The team will also assess legal aspects of the case.
"We need firmer regulations, since Raja Ampat is our tourism destination that possesses [more] rare coral reefs [compared to other places] in the world," Luhut said in Gresik, East Java, on Monday (20/03).
The minister has yet to receive reports on the total damage.
However, a preliminary investigation showed that the damage covers nearly 1,600 square meters of coral reef at a diving site known as Crossover Reef.
"We have been in contact with the ship's insurer; they will take responsibility for the damage," Luhut added.
The central government will seek compensation of up to $1.92 million, according to the environmental science and conservation news and information website, Mongabay. Marine experts say it will take several years before the coral reefs begin to recover.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry took over the investigation into the incident from Maritime Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti last Thursday.

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