The issuance of an environmental permit for the development of a cement factory and the mining of limestones and clay stones in Pati District has threatened the environment and livelihood of farmers in 11 villages in the district. Pati’s Regent stands firmly by not revoking the permit, which signals the continuation of the development of the cement factory. For that reason, farmers struggle to defend their rights to food and environment through litigation and non-litigation channels. In the trial process, the Supreme Court decision on March 6, 2007 favored the government which paved the way for the continuation of the development of the cement factory. This is a worrying case, considering the potential impact of the factory on people’s livelihoods.
Researchers: Siti Rakhma Mary Herwati, Etik Oktaviani, and Donny Danardono