JAKARTA, RAKYAT NEWS- The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) has granted a request to postpone the revocation of Rimba Raya Conservation’s Forest Utilization Business Licensing (PBPH) permit, ensuring the continuation of its critical conservation work in Seruyan regency, Borneo.

The court’s decision pertains to the Decree of the Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Number: SK.1028/MENLHK/SETJEN/HPL.1/9/2023, dated September 15, 2023. The PTUN issued its interim ruling on Thursday, May 16, 2024, following a thorough examination of the evidence and arguments presented by Rimba Raya.

Rimba Raya Conservation is a crucial initiative dedicated to restoring peatland and forest ecosystems in Central Kalimantan. The organization focuses on restoration and conservation through the empowerment of local communities, maintaining healthy forests, and supporting climate strategies.

“This decision allows us to continue our efforts in restoring and conserving the forests and ecosystems in Seruyan, Central Kalimantan,” said Haryo Ajie Dewanto, Technical Director of Rimba Raya Conservation. “We extend our gratitude to all supporters throughout this process.”

The Rimba Raya project, initiated by InfiniteEARTH and managed by Rimba Raya Conservation, aims to reduce emissions in Indonesia by conserving approximately 64,000 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest. This effort is crucial to preventing the conversion of the area into oil palm plantations, which would result in significant forest degradation and loss of biodiversity, including habitats for the endangered Bornean orangutan and other vulnerable species listed on the IUCN Red List.

The project operates in 14 villages in the Seruyan district, where local communities depend on the rivers and forests for their livelihoods. Despite a reduced team, Rimba Raya remains committed to enhancing community welfare by involving locals in the protection of forest and land areas in Seruyan regency.