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Criticizing sea sand export policy, experts warn potential environmental damage


Jakarta, IO – The government’s decision to reopen export of sea sand has drawn many criticism. Several parties considered the policy detrimental to the environment and coastal communities.

Fahmy Radhi, expert of energy economics at the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) said extracting sea sand carelessly risk sinking the surrounding islands.
“The economic benefits that Indonesia receives from sea sand exports are not commensurate with the environmental and ecological damage that may occur,” said Fahmy, reported Katadata, Wednesday (31/5).

The government allows sea sand export after 20 years. It was banned during President Megawati Soekarnoputri administration in 2003. The new policy is stipulated in Government Regulation (PP) 26/2023 issued on May 15.

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One of the articles stipulates that business actors wishing to export sea sand must obtain permit from the Energy and Mineral Resources minister. In addition, it can only be carried out as long as domestic needs are met in accordance with statutory provisions. (un)


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