Last update:
2018-03-20

Tin Mining Conflicts in Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia

In 2013, Bangka Belitung accounted for a third of the global tin supply and 75% of the province is licensed for mining. Mining areas continue to expand into protected forests and marine ecosystems, residential areas and local people's plantations.


Description:

The Bangka Belitung Province is made up of approximately 470 islands off the coast of Sumatra, out of which around 50 are inhabited. The two main islands Bangka and Belitung measure 1.6 million ha in total, out of which 75% are licensed for mining by local companies, the biggest two being PT Timah and PT Kobatin (1). The province's on- and offshore tin resources have been exploited for centuries. In 2013, the province accounted for a third of the global tin supply, and its production equalled 106,000 tonnes. The larger part of the tin is produced for the international market, and used foremost in consumer electronics (2) (3).  In addition to the large tract of land covered by mining concessions, oil palm plantations occupy another 230,000 ha of the province. This leaves only 300,000 ha of land for other uses, such as residential areas and other cultivation. The risk for agrarian conflict is rising by every concession grant, since the agricultural land of the islanders is compromised (1).  The mining governance is decentralised to the regional level and under poor regulation and monitoring (1) (2). In 2001, the Bangka Belitung regent issued a decree that have the private persons to mine tin in the province . Mining areas have expanded into protected forests and marine ecosystems, conservation forests as well as into residential areas (2). There are currently 44 companies operating in Bangka Belitung's protected forests, and 4 in its conservation forest (1).  

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Tin Mining Conflicts in Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia
Country:Indonesia
State or province:Sumatra
Location of conflict:Bangka-Belitung
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Tin
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Approximately 75% of the province land is currently under mining licenses, although the production has expanded into both protected and conservation forests, as well as to local people's plantations and residential areas (WALHI, 2014). The total yearly production was 106,000 as of 2013, and every year 5,400 ha of land is converted into mining pits (Nurtjahya, Franklin & Agustina, 2017). Around 64% of the total province area is covered by abandoned pits (WALHI, 2014).

Project area:1200000
Type of populationUnknown
Affected Population:1,372,813 (total province population)
Company names or state enterprises:Buyung - Operations on 0.02 ha of conservation forest in Bangka Barat
PT Serumpun Sebalai from Indonesia - Operations on 1,9 ha of conservation forests, Bangka Tengah
PT Seirama Tin Investment from Indonesia - Operations on 6.4 ha of conservation forests in Belitung
PT Chandra Sakti from Indonesia - Operations on 0.07 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
Comfortindo Bangka from Indonesia - Operations on 32.59 ha of protected forest in Bangka
PT Karya Cipta Lahanindo from Indonesia - Operation on 1.12 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Karya Mitra Abadi from Indonesia - Operations on 2,56 ha of protected forest in Bangka Timur
PT Keranji Jaya Utama from Indonesia - Operations on 20.16 ha of protected forest in Bangka Selatan
PT Korinco Mitra Inkobe from Indonesia - Operations on 32,74 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Menara Cipta Mulia (MCM) from Indonesia - Operations on 740.09 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
Pacific Inter Mining (PIMS) from Australia - Operations on 49.4 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Pandan Alam Jaya from Indonesia - Operations on 7,27 ha of protected forest in Belitung
Anugrah Persada from Indonesia - Operations on 21.5 ha of protected forest in Belitung
PT Bangka Belitung Timah Sejahtera from Indonesia - Operations on 23.61 ha of protected forest in Bangka & Bangka Barat
PT Belitung Industri Sejahtera from Indonesia - Operations on 27.47 ha of protected forest in Belitung & Belitung Timur
PT Billiton Batubara Indonesia from Indonesia - Operations on 149.61 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Buana Belitung Gemilang (BBG) from Indonesia - Operations on 26.5 ha of protected forest in Belitung
PT Bumi Berkah Billiton from Indonesia - Operations on 10.71 ha of protected forest in Belitung
PT Bumi Hero Perkasa from Indonesia - Operations on 41 ha of conservation forest and protected forest in Belitung
DUDU JN. - Operations on 1 ha of protected forest in Bangka Barat
EDY SA'ARY from Indonesia - Operations on 1,01 ha of protected forest in Bangka Barat
Guardian Sejahtera from Indonesia - Operations on 49.95 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
H. Hamzah - Operations on 1 ha of protected forest in Bangka Barat
PT Karya Emas Multisani from Indonesia - Operations on 3,12 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Lembah Tinindo Sejati from Indonesia - Operations on 11,05 ha of protected forest in Bangka
PT Mitra Stania Prima (MSP) from Indonesia - Operations on 1,03 ha of protected forest in Bangka
NN Brothers from Indonesia - Operations on 4 ha of protected forest in Bangka Barat
PT Nurindra Eka Perkasa from Indonesia - Operations on 0,5 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Putra Timur Setia from Indonesia - Operations on 8,37 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Simpang Pesak Indokwarsa from Indonesia - Operations on 0,02 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Sumber Alam Dirgamaju from Indonesia - Operations on 1.61 ha of protected forest in Bangka
PT Suparman - Operations on 1 ha of protected forest in Bangka Barat
PT Tambang Timah from Indonesia - Operations on 1.6 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Tumbak Mas from Indonesia - Operations on 16.31 ha of protected forest in Belitung Timur
PT Yinchen Tinindo Belitung from Indonesia - Operations on 65.23 ha of protected forest in Belitung
PT Timah (Persero) TBK from Indonesia - Operations on 3.201,17 ha of conservation forest and 28.131 ha of protected forest in Bangka, Bangka Barat, Bangka Selatan, Bangka Tengah & Lintas Kabupaten
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI) & Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Artisanal miners
Farmers
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Involvement of national and international NGOs
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Boycotts of companies-products
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Other Environmental impacts, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Noise pollution
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage)
Other Environmental impactsSoil degradation
Health ImpactsVisible: Infectious diseases, Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood
Potential: Displacement, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Migration/displacement
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The mining operations in the province are still underway.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Law No. 5/1999 on Natural Biodiversity Conservation & Ecosystem

Law No. 41/1999 on Forestry

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

(2) Nurtjahya, E., Franklin, J., & Agustina, F. (2017). The Impact of tin mining in Bangka Belitung and its reclamation studies. In MATEC Web of Conferences (Vol. 101, p. 04010). EDP Sciences.

(5) Irawan, R. R., Sumarwan, U., Suhardjo, B., & Djohar, S. (2014). Strategic model of tin mining industry in indonesia (Case study of Bangka Belitung Province). International Journal of Business and Management Review, 2(3), 48-58.

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

(8) Kompas, 2011. Tambang Timah di Laut, Nelayan Protes
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(6) Tribunnews, 2013. Walhi: Samsung, Apple, Intel Jangan Beli Timah Konflik dari Babel
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(10) Reuters, 2010. Indonesia's Timah stops 6 small tin dredges after green protest
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(3) The Guardian, 2012. Death metal: Tin mining in Indonesia
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(9) Bangka Pos, 2017. Pemprov Turunkan Tim Atasi Kericuhan di Tempilang



(9) Bangka Pos, 2017. Pemprov Turunkan Tim Atasi Kericuhan di Tempilang
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(4) The Guardian, 2014. Campaign against tin mining in Bangka island targets Microsoft
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(7) Mongabay, 2018. Fokus Liputan: Cerita di Balik Kemilau Timah Bangka-Belitung (Bagian 3)
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(1) WALHI & Milieudefensie, 2014. Grim Portraits of Bangka Belitung Tin Mining: Demanding global, national and local responsibility to restore Bangka Belitung islands following negative tin mining impacts.
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Other documents

Mining site, Desa Pemali Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/may/29/tin-mining-on-bangka-island-of-indonesia-in-pictures
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Mining site, Bangka Source: http://www.mongabay.co.id/2013/03/30/urgen-wajibkan-tambang-tak-rusak-lingkungan-dan-bahayakan-manusia/bangka_gallery01/
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Contributor:Emmy Iwarsson (ICTA-UAB)
Last update20/03/2018
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