Analysis: Indonesia is putting business before the environment and that could be disastrous for its rainforests
The omnibus jobs creation law was intended to simplify Indonesia’s complex web of overlapping regulations to make it easier for companies to do business in the country. It includes changes to more than 70 laws across the labor, business and environmental sectors.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised the law will help boost the country’s ailing coronavirus-hit economy by cutting through red tape and bureaucracy to attract foreign investment and create jobs in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
Union and Muslim groups are preparing to challenge the law in court and another wave of protests is expected this week, according to Reuters.
But while the protests have focused on concerns over labor rights, environmentalists say the law loosens environmental protections and could lead to widespread deforestation and habitat loss.
Indonesia’s rainforests are the world’s third largest after the Amazon and Africa’s Congo Basin and are ecologically important for their rich