“We will not only enjoy this mine, but it must also be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren in perhaps another form.”
Presidential Chief of Staff General TNI (Purn) Moeldoko said that if mining companies consistently apply good mining practices, environmental sustainability and industrial sustainability will be maintained.
“This is because the future trend is a green economy and sustainability,” Moeldoko said while visiting PT Vale Indonesia Tbk’s operating area in East Luwu, South Sulawesi, Tuesday.
Moeldoko, quoted from the release received by the Presidential Staff Office, received in Jakarta, appreciated the commitment to implementing sustainable principles by mining companies.
Moeldoko observed the process of mining and transporting nickel ore, including the reclamation process, land rehabilitation at Bukit Solia, to the seedling nursery area in the mining operation area in East Luwu.
“I have seen for myself how ex-mining sites can recover to their original state. This includes biodiversity,” he said.
On that occasion, Moeldoko also welcomed the mining company’s efforts in maintaining social conditions.
He gave an example of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) program which is considered to have contributed to the target of reducing the level of chronic malnutrition (stunting) and extreme poverty in the local area.
Apart from that, said Moeldoko, the absorption of local workers is also very large.
“I met a local female heavy mining vehicle driver earlier. This means good, because local women are given the opportunity to be empowered,” said Moeldoko.
Previously, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in March 2023 inaugurated the Sawerigading Wallacea Kehati Park, which is in a nickel mining area managed by Vale in East Luwu.
President Jokowi appreciated the efforts to improve the environment in the mining area.
“We will not only enjoy this mine, but it must also be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren in perhaps another form,” said the President.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has set guidelines for the implementation of good mining practices through the Decree of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Number 1827 K/30/MEM/2018 concerning Guidelines for Implementing Good Mining Engineering Principles.
Since 2020, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has also given awards for achievements in implementing Good Mining Engineering Principles to mining companies holding contracts of work (KK), coal mining concession agreements (PKP2B), mining business licenses (IUP) and mining service companies holding business service permits mining (IUJP).
Green economy and sustainability are one of the country’s three big economic and business strategies, in addition to downstreaming the industry and digitizing MSMEs.
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