The Ministry of Environment and Forestry recently announced that it was investigating a case of illegal logging in Maluku. At the beginning of this year, an agrarian dispute between CV Sumber Berkat Makmur (SBM), a plantation company operating in the Eastern District of Seram regency (Seram Bagian Timur); and the inhabitants around the Company’s operating location (Sabuai village residents) heated up. The indigenous people of Sabuai protested the Company’s activities that they believed were damaging the environment and traditional sites, such as ancestral graves.

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