Indonesia’s New Coal and Mining Law: Its Consequences for the Environment


About the Webinar

In early May 2020, Indonesia enacted a new Coal and Mineral Mining Law, replacing the previous 2009 Mining Law. The law is arguably a controversial one. The process of formulating the Bill was undertaken amidst the Covid-19 pandemic during a partial lock-down imposed by the government. The communities affected by the mining and coal-fired powerplants as well as the environmentalist groups showed strong public protest by refuting the law and calling it as socially and ecologically threatening and illegitimate.

From the environmental perspective, the new law would be best posited as a win for state-led extractivism. Since President Suharto’s era, extractivism has influenced the state management of natural resource extraction due to its fiscal reliance on the mining industry. It has allowed the widest possible opportunity for private and state companies to explore natural resources with minimal responsibility for repairing their damage.

This webinar will critically discuss the politics behind the passing of the new mining law and what are the major issues in the new law. It will also examine the existing system and mechanism to manage environmental devastation. The speaker will address questions on the social and ecological costs that Indonesia has to bear under the implementation of the new mining law. The future of state-led extractivism will also be a part of the discussion.

About the Speaker

Hendro Sangkoyo is a researcher and co-founder of the School of Democratic Economics, a social learning, research and solidarity web established in 2007. His research focus is on social-ecological crisis, energy systems, path dependence and extractivism.

About the Discussant

Made Supriatma is a Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. His research focus is on Indonesian politics, civil-military relations, and ethnic/identity politics. His is also a free-lance journalist, writing mostly for Indonesian media.


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Jul 29 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am