February 25, 2019
Peat violations ongoing in absence of law enforcement
The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry is still not taking law enforcement action against ongoing peat violations being committed in palm oil and pulpwood concessions in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Despite having made public the names of the palm oil mills from which they source, the supply chains of Nestlé, Mars, ADM and Bunge, all members of The Forest Trust (TFT), unfortunately continue to be linked with peat destruction...
"The global community is increasingly questioning the palm oil sector about its ability to halt deforestation, deliver positive livelihoods and contribute to feeding a growing world population in a sustainable manner."
April 28, 2018
TFT agrees with Greenpeace but rejects claim of failure
...TFT is not in total agreement with Greenpeace especially with regard to the assertion that the palm oil supply chains of its members remain linked with deforestation and peat destruction.
April 26, 2018
Company behind palm oil expansion promises ground-check
It can now be confirmed, based on information obtained by foresthints.news from relevant sources, including local communities as well as employees of PT BSG, that the listed company in question is PT SSMS.
April 23, 2018
Palm oil expansion in LiDAR-mapped peat still undetected
Even more embarrassingly for the peat agency, these palm oil expansion spots are actually situated in the Norwegian-funded LiDAR mapping areas in the Sungai Kahayan-Sebangau peat hydrological landscape.
April 20, 2018
TFT challenged to clean up its members’ supply chains
TFT's open response failed to address exactly how many hectares of land have been subjected to deforestation and peat destruction by its members, from the time they became TFT members until its response was released.
April 19, 2018
Peat forest clearing by two palm oil companies halted
Two palm oil companies controlled by the CAA Group have been hit with strict administrative sanctions from the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry by having their peat violation-related operations terminated.
April 17, 2018
Iceland, Greenpeace and GAR
...the engagement between Greenpeace and GAR has not succeeded in positioning the latter as a responsible palm oil industry leader. Moreover, Greenpeace should have explained this lesson learned to Iceland...
April 16, 2018
Minister: Iceland’s decision obviously unethical
"The decision announced by Iceland is a really unethical and irresponsible move which merely seeks to exploit orangutans for the company's rebranding efforts. This move doesn’t show the company’s concern for orangutans..."
April 13, 2018
RFN presents evidence of GAMA's irresponsible operations
The RFN-commissioned report, complemented by the news reports from foresthints.news, reveals that the operational activities of GAMA's PT GAN in both the older and new concession are practically identical...
April 12, 2018
GAMA operations exemplify irresponsible company
RFN asserted that the operations of companies that violate Indonesian law should be immediately stopped. The Norwegian environmental group went even further, stressing that any punishment...
...now is the time for Wilmar, Unilever, Nestle, PepsiCo, Bunge, P&G, IOI, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars and others to follow in the footsteps of Musim Mas by also disengaging their supply chains from GAMA...
April 9, 2018
Buyers pressed to suspend palm oil purchasing from GAMA
Wilmar and Unilever, along with other palm oil buyers, especially those that have committed to adopting deforestation-free supply chains, are now being pressured to immediately suspend palm oil purchases from GAMA...
April 4, 2018
Global companies linked to new canal development
“Unilever, PepsiCo, Nestle, and their suppliers like Wilmar, have failed to respond to peat destruction like this, which currently represents a global emergency.”
This video presents peat forests in Triputra Agro Persada sold concession, located in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya regency, which also contains the habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan.
The volume of the locally-sourced acacia fiber supplied to Singapore-based pulp and paper giant APRIL last year was the highest over the previous five years. This confirms that there was no disturbance...
Triputra Agro Persada, one of the leading Indonesian palm oil suppliers linked to global supply chains, has recently sold its not yet developed palm oil concession, PT PWA, a significant part of which is still made up of peat forests.
March 28, 2018
New CPO mill constructed in targeted peat restoration site
The Construction of a palm oil mill by PT GAN, located in West Kalimantan's Kubu Raya regency is almost complete, delivering an extremely embarrassing lesson learned to the Indonesian Peat Agency (BRG)...
March 20, 2018
APP addresses report on soaring acacia fiber supply
APP argues that the ten-fold rise in the acacia fiber supply going into its OKI mills last year was because 2017 represented a full year of operations, in contrast to 2016 when the new mill had just started up...
...the remaining HCS forests found in the Sime Darby concession, have yet to be cleared thanks to the suspension of the concession’s operations by the ministry, rather than to any commitment made by Sime Darby itself.
March 15, 2018
Acacia fiber supplied to APP’s OKI mills skyrockets 10 fold
OKI Pulp and Paper Mills began operating in 2016 by processing a very small amount of acacia fiber. By 2017, however, this new APP owned mill had already sharply increased the volume of acacia fiber it was processing by up to 10 times...
March 12, 2018
Two giants slow to cut ties with Papua deforestation
...both Unilever and Wilmar remain closely connected to the clearing of HCS forests in Papua, while also proving that these two giants have not yet been able to remove deforestation footprints from their supply chains.
March 3, 2018
GAR delivers deforestation-free supply chains to Papua
GAR, the world's second largest listed palm planter, has proved that deforestation-free supply chains are indeed attainable through what it termed ‘deep engagement’ with one of its suppliers.
What Wilmar and the Kencana Agri Group have demonstrated, by halting the clearance of HCS forests by their two palm oil companies for more than three years is an example of the consistency of implementing an NDPE policy.
“It’s certainly completely irrelevant to come up with this new excuse that the very slow progress in restoring 2015’s burned peatlands is because the Indonesian peat maps are not up-to-date and inadequate."
February 27, 2018
Papua's HCS forest destruction remains connected to Unilever
The supply chains of Unilever are still engaging with mills owned by PT ANJT, which continues to expand its new palm oil plantations by clearing relatively intact forests in West Papua province.
February 23, 2018
Unilever buying CPO from peat forest destroying mills
Two palm oil mills in question are found in Unilever’s list of mills whose palm oil it uses. This means that Unilever’s supply chains are directly associated with mills which are actively destroying Indonesian peat forests.
February 21, 2018
Unilever undeniably linked to removal of Bornean orangutan habitat
...what would truly represent a radical step is if Unilever decides to cut off its supply chains involving companies still engaged with clearing the habitat of the Bornean orangutan...
January 28, 2018
Palm oil expansion still ongoing in Indonesian peat ecosystem
Two palm oil companies owned by the CAA group are continuing to carry out deforestation and destroy the peat ecosystem for the expansion of their palm oil plantations in Central Kalimantan’s Pulang Pisau regency...
January 22, 2018
Palm oil company to rehabilitate Leuser’s elephant home range
After clearing forested areas within the Leuser Ecosystem spanning the equivalent of more than 400 soccer fields, a palm oil company has declared its commitment to rehabilitating the home range of the Sumatran elephant...
January 15, 2018
APRIL's work plan approved after alignment with new peat regulations
“After going through a very strict process, especially after the Jakarta State Court decision, the new work plan of PT RAPP was finally approved this week. Its substance is now aligned with the new peat regulations."
January 11, 2018
Photos highlight level of Bornean orangutan habitat destruction
An expanse of land in a palm oil concession (PT PSM), which is dominated by high carbon stock (HCS) forests and forms a habitat for the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan, continues to be bulldozed...
January 8, 2018
NDPE companies remain linked to destructive supply chains
If the five NDPE-adopting companies continue to act impotently by failing to take concrete actions, then their adoption of an NDPE policy is certainly questionable...
January 5, 2018
PONGO Alliance ineffective in ending clearing of orangutan home
It seems unrealistic to expect the PONGO Alliance to be able to put an end to the clearing of the HCS forests, which are also home to the Bornean orangutan...
“In some parts of PT RAPP's proposed revised work plan content, progress can be seen. However, some other parts still need specific corrections, both legally and technically."
APRIL taught legal lesson by court defeat
At the conclusion of the court case, the sitting judges rejected the three requests in the APRIL company's petition, all of which were related to APRIL's opposition to the minister's move to accelerate the approval of a new work plan...
The minister's letter is the ninth such letter addressed to the APRIL company since May, all of which have been related to the ministry's efforts to ensure the APRIL company's 2017-2026 work plan is properly aligned with the new peat regulations....
A ground-based inspection carried out by the ministry proved APRIL’s largest supplier’s practice of buying time by revealing how the company is still operating without a peat recovery plan...
“The strict sanction against Chevron was intended to ensure that its operations are at a level of full legal compliance. This forms part of the ministry’s efforts to make sure the corporate sector is operating on the right legal track."
“Freeport has been proven to have committed six categories of environmental violations, encompassing 48 separate items of violation. I have reported this to the President and he gave a clear order saying that Freeport must meet the terms of legal compliance."
The WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping - now proven to have significantly trivialized the magnitude of 2015’s burned peat areas - is plainly at odds with the President’s main reason for forming the peat agency.
In fact, the blunder made in classifying vegetation as a result of the LiDAR mapping, whose implementation was coordinated by the WRI, can be seen from the side of the trans-Kalimantan highway...
The new evidence confirms that the WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping in Pulang Pisau regency involved serious errors, chiefly by ignoring evidence of 2015’s burned peat forests...
Regardless of the various claims made about its performance accomplishments, the facts show that the actual performance of the Indonesian Peat Agency (BRG), as of mid-November this year, remained very poor...
A Norwegian-funded LiDAR mapping initiative, whose implementation was coordinated by the WRI with the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) as the main user of the maps it produced, led to a detailed but misleading analysis...
The use of the term ‘detailed peat maps’ implies that all the areas covered by the peat agency's LiDAR mapping - whose financing is supported by the Norwegian government - are indeed composed of peat.
"We are studying the Cargill company's peat recovery plan. (However) it is not legally relevant for the company to claim that its concession is not composed of peat at the current stage."
Cargill palm oil company, PT Hindoli, has been proven to have developed new palm oil plantations, in particular before its concession was incorporated into the peat ecosystem map legally established by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya...
The Apical grievance update confirms that, as of the end of August this year, global supply chains, including its own, were still linked to the clearing of HCS forests and the habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan.
“Peat recovery has a legally clear mandate, so there is no reason to disrupt it or for it to be disrupted. We’ll keep going ahead with this."
“Peat recovery has a legally clear mandate, so there is no reason to disrupt it or for it to be disrupted. We’ll keep going ahead with this."
“I indicated very clearly that there were signs of dishonesty from APRIL's management. There is a tendency from APRIL to manipulate information, including information given to the Vice President..."
Another five pulpwood companies which form part of the supply chains of APP - one of world’s largest pulp and paper players - have obtained approval for their revised work plans from the Indonesian authorities...
“We at the ministry continue to make sure that pulpwood and palm oil companies, including APRIL and its suppliers, have legally-approved peat recovery plans in place. Those companies which fail to comply will of course have strong and measurable sanctions imposed on them."
“We want businesses to have a responsible attitude towards children's education. They shouldn't just be thinking about how many hectares of new acacia have been planted while they ignore the educational fate of the children..."
...PT RAPP, a Singapore-based pulp and paper company belonging to APRIL, has ultimately had its existing 10-year work plan, along with its 2017 annual work plan, declared invalid as a legal basis for its on-the-ground operational activities.
It would be both ironic and bizarre if NDPE companies - having pledged to clean up their supply chains - were not able to dissociate themselves from the destruction of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat...
“I have already reported this update to the President, and his support remains firm when it comes to continuing with the implementation of an improved peat governance policy."
In the event that Wilmar and ADM Global fail to do anything, global palm oil supply chains will continue to be linked to the destruction of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat.
FGV associate responds to NDPE policy issues
The FGV associate’s NDPE policy was weak in terms of its content, and thus ineffective in cleaning up the company’s supply chains, from deforestation and peat destruction in particular.
Satellite images indicate that the forested habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan in a palm oil concession (PT PSM) - formerly controlled by Genting Plantations (GenP) - is being cleared by...
“The peat agency needs to explain to the public why the Cargill concession is part of its LiDAR mapping, whereas APP-controlled concessions which were extensively burned in 2015 have not been prioritized."
...This question relates to supply chain issues, and does not concern the locations of the mills where CPO is sourced. Disappointingly, however, this question also met with no response from PT SON.
“BGA can confirm that it will not be undertaking new peat planting for new palm oil plantations in the PT DAS concession, either in peat protection or cultivation zones.”
The clearing of Papua’s HCS forests by the AMS Ganda Group company shows that the level of traceability of Wilmar’s supply chains remains a fundamental question that deserves to be addressed.
...FGV’s new sustainability policy doesn’t apply to the operations of its joint ventures in which it doesn't have a controlling stake and which remain linked to supply chains involved in the deforestation of HCS forests and new peat drainage...
“Genting is evading its promise to protect forests by selling its plantation to another company which will likely clear it. It’s an old dirty trick."
This sale represented GenP's exit strategy to avoid keeping its promise - as written in Wilmar's grievance report - of maintaining HCS forests situated within the PT PSM concession.
“The Cargill palm oil company has submitted its peat recovery plan document to the ministry, as have some other Singapore and Malaysian-based companies such as GAR, RGE and IOI."
“APP has clearly committed a grave violation. They have been proven to be replanting acacia in these peat areas which they have admitted themselves to be legally-recognized peat domes (HCV areas)..."
“The administrative sanction imposed on the APRIL company has not been lifted because the results of our supervision indicate that the company is still not yet in compliance."
“The actions of PT ISLM (the Sime Darby company) constitute a serious legal violation because illegal (forest) clearance outside of its concession is clearly not aligned with..."
“APP clearly lacks seriousness in implementing the new peat regulations. It turns out that the proposed 10-year work plans of the APP companies in Riau and South Sumatra provinces contain copy-paste documents."
"Peat monitoring, including the continuing law enforcement actions by the ministry, needs to be appreciated. These are great efforts which most certainly send an extremely good signal to the international community..."
“There will be no compromises for pulp and paper giants such as APRIL when it comes to compliance with the implementation of peat governance. It's now or never. That's the message from our minister."
“I have instructed my law enforcement team to carry out an on-the-ground check as well as to take any necessary legal action against the palm oil company (PT AGL).”
...Irwandi of course needs to continue enforcing the moratorium imposed by his predecessor, and refrain from issuing any palm oil or mining permits as he did during his first term.
In the legal document submitted to the ministry by the APRIL company, it is revealed that 70% of the Pelalawan estate is made up of deep-lying peat - which also usually constitutes peat domes...
“Concrete corrective action from forestry and palm oil companies is essential. Don’t bother giving solutions to the government which, in essence, only seek to sustain business-as-usual practices."
How is it possible then for the peat agency to have compared the accuracy of its LiDAR data with, for example, the LiDAR data of pulpwood concessions under the control of APP...
“The peat agency’s LiDAR mapping should really cover those concessions whose peatlands were extensively burned in 2015, amounting to hundreds of thousands of hectares, most notably pulpwood concessions under the control of APP."
The failure of the peat agency’s LiDAR mapping to cover forestry concessions seriously damaged by 2015’s peat fires means that the peat agency is unable to play any role whatsoever...
“Of course we are appreciative of the compliance displayed by PT RAPP. They are a big corporation so they should be showing compliance and should not repeat any new peat violations."
“At the location, the ministry team is taking appropriate law enforcement measures, including asking PT CA for clarification about the peat fires in its concession for the development of new palm oil plantations."
“On one hand they are saying that the operations will refer to APP’s FCP, while on the other hand they are proposing that the ministry authorize the construction of new canals in peatlands..."
The Indonesian forestry authorities uncovered these violations after conducting a ground-check of two different locations in the Sime Darby rubber concession located in the Sumatra’s Belitung island.
“The ultimate goal of these peat governance efforts is to bring about healthy and good-quality economic growth, as opposed to economic growth tainted by peat fires which cause public health problems and disturb other economic sectors.”
“The legally-designated HCVF areas in APRIL supply chains need to be closely monitored so as to avoid any repetition of illegal practices in the form of forest clearing of those HCVF areas.”
If the rubber plantation development currently being conducted by Sime Darby still involves the clearing of HCS forests, this actually means that the Malaysian palm oil giant remains linked to deforestation practices...
“Major parts of the APRIL concession on Pulau Padang are situated in deep-lying peat. The majority of peat in the concession ranges from more than 5 meters up to 10 meters in depth."
“The FSC should not end its dissociation with APP until this giant corporation complies with Indonesia’s new peat regulations, especially with regard to its operations in peatlands that have been designated as protection zones."
“The last evaluation of APP’s progress showed that there were still many problems and issues for APP in delivering its commitments."
“The last evaluation of APP’s progress showed that there were still many problems and issues for APP in delivering its commitments."
“Three APP companies in South Sumatra province have reported to the ministry through their annual reports, replete with maps, that they constructed around 200km of new canals in 2015-2016."
“The two coordinate points used by APP company in its letter have been found to be wrong. As such, the company’s clarification is inconsistent with the facts on the ground."
“The initiative for the song came after the declaration of the moratorium on the expansion of palm oil and mining in the Leuser Ecosystem. To be precise, it was three days after President Jokowi announced the moratorium in mid-April last year."
“President Jokowi explained that environmental and economic interests have clashed for ages, to the extent that the government felt it necessary to try and improve peat governance. This commitment has not changed."
“New development in peatlands - in this case a new acacia plantation - regardless of whether forested or non-forested, is no longer allowed, especially since the release of the recently-revised government regulation."
“Major business groups like APRIL and APP should be the leaders of business transformation, not involved in peat violations."
“The APP company has given us a progress report, which includes photos of their handling of this waste. The photos they submitted show that these huge stacks of waste have been cleaned up."
“We suggest that Wilmar, before posting any more progress updates on grievances from stakeholders, first verify exactly what is happening in the field..."
“There needs to be a common understanding that any party committing peat violations will find no defense or compromise from the President Joko Widodo administration...”
A palm oil plantation development permit whose concession contains widespread swathes of HCS forests, and also includes the habitat of the Bornean orangutan, has been sold for nearly USD 3.2 million.
“Don’t even try to commit any peat violations. Also, don’t expect any tolerance from the ministry. There will be absolutely no room for compromise in this matter.”
One of the world’s leading global commodity traders is continuing to clear Papua’s intact forests in order to achieve its goal of expanding its palm oil plantation business.
Some major Malaysian palm oil companies are among the biggest buyers from controversial supplier - a company which itself declared that it had ‘busy years ahead’ clearing Papua’s intact forest.
“The purchasing was made by the Astra-KLK company as the joint venture did not know that ANJT had problems. After October, there has been no more purchasing from ANJT.”
“This sanction is still in force and has yet to be lifted. There is still one more condition that has yet to be met by PT RAPP.”
“Astra’s failure to implement its own policy is unacceptable and demonstrates that nice policies are not enough.”
“We do agree that lessons need to be learned from the experiences of GAR, and other companies, in terms of how best to achieve a balance between economic growth and..."
Almost all of the forest stratified as high carbon stock (HCS forest) which predominates in a palm oil concession block belonging to PT PIP, a subsidiary of Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), has been lost...
When this important finding was uncovered, a top executive of PT BAP who was present at the scene immediately ordered his team to stop the development of the burned peat...
“The mere fact that there were massive peat fires in 2015 in APP concessions indicates the failure of the FCP. Moreover, the replanting of burned peat shows that APP’s FCP actually involves..."
“APP is a big name, but even its management of waste does not conform to legal standards. All this piled-up garbage has been thrown away in peatlands. This is a clear violation."
“Just imagine if the ministry hadn’t checked the location? The ministry would have merely received the letter from the top PT BAP executive whose contents don’t match the facts on the ground.”
“This was not a sudden move on the ministry’s part. In fact, we gave the company two whole months to comply with our minister’s order. However, they never took any real action.”
...any pertinent concerns about the acceleration of peat restoration should be directed at those behind the delay in the completion of the peat restoration plan.
“Did APP simply return the permit and afterwards neglect any responsibility it has towards peat restoration after the peat fires in the PT BMH concession?"
President Joko Widodo emphasized that when it comes to law enforcement, there is absolutely no room for compromise on issues related to forest and land fires.
“The ground checks conducted by the ministry were intended to confirm the level of peat restoration interventions claimed by the peat agency in anticipation of peat fires in 2017..."
Mainly due to 2015's catastrophic fires, which largely derived from pulpwood concessions belonging to APP, a lot of pressure has been put on this pulp & paper company, including from environmental NGOs.
The total number of APP companies ordered to remove all their newly-replanted acacia by the Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister, due to peat violations they have committed, now stands at eight.
"...If PT BAP's concession, which contains the greatest area of burned peatlands, has been found not to have been touched for restoration by the peat agency, what about all the others?”
“Given that the annual peat restoration target in 2016 is unavailable, the evaluation instead focused on how many hectares have already been restored by the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency...”
The ground inspection revealed the facts to be completely different to what was mentioned in the APP’s letter of request, in that burned peatlands had already been cleared and replanted with acacia.
“The findings of the legal analysis and ground checks performed by the ministry clearly prove that PT RAPP has perpetrated peat violations. As such, we rejected the APRIL company’s proposals."
“We really hope that the APP companies exploiting last year’s burned peatlands face the full force of the law, both administrative and civil as well as criminal."
“I need to emphasize that what has been reported by mongabay.com is legally and technically incorrect. The reporting by mongabay.com is not based on the letter that I sent to the APP companies concerned."
Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry has ordered three APP companies operating in OKI regency in South Sumatra province to remove all the acacia planted in last year’s burned peatlands...
There are indications that the supply chain of Asia’s leading agribusiness group is involved in illegal peat exploitation in state forest areas by developing new palm oil plantations.
“The Jokowi administration has really impressed not only me but, I think, the world with its efforts at reform. I think the Jokowi administration with the President and Ibu Siti in front have made this..."
Two key stakeholders of APRIL’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), Greenpeace and the WWF, have announced that they are suspending their engagement with the committee...
“As of early December this year, the ministry’s monitoring has led to the conclusion that no peat restoration efforts have been carried out in APP’s pulpwood concessions."
“The new pulpwood plantation being developed must be restored. This is the responsibility of the company. A letter to this effect will be sent tomorrow to the owner of APRIL."
“We should be extremely grateful for President Joko Widodo’s leadership in terms of peatland protection which has been nothing short of extraordinary..."
Two director generals of the ministry concluded from the results of the field investigation that PT DGS, a subsidiary of TBLA, has failed to comply legally with the terms of its permit...
"Following these findings, the ministry has taken the decision that the company must immediately stop the development of canals. We are in the process of putting this decision into effect...”
Indonesia’s largest environmental NGO has emphatically stated that last year's widespread peat fires in APP's pulpwood concessions were intentional. Proof of this lies in the fact that...
“The results of the ground-check at PT BMH once again show that seemingly there were no peat restoration efforts made in this concession, just like with PT BAP..."
“The ground-check showed that this APP pulpwood company continues to carry out land preparation and replanting of acacia in last year’s burned peatlands..."
Ambassadors from several friendly countries took the opportunity to extend their congratulations to Indonesia after the President signed the Paris Agreement into law...
...not all the peatlands burned in the Sinarmas Forestry pulpwood concessions in South Sumatra province last year are covered in the existing indicative map of burned peatlands.
Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment and Forestry immediately annuled the APRIL company’s 10-year work plan as the new expansion of acacia plantation blocks...
"I highly commend this move made by my colleague, the agrarian minister. We in the cabinet continue to work hand-in-hand to ensure that the no peat exploitation policy..."
“If there are proven to be deviations in the legal substance of this work plan, it will be immediately cancelled. A decision based on the outcome of our verification process..."
Asia Pulp & Paper denial shown to be false
In contradiction of the denial issued by APP stating that PT BMH is not a subsidiary of APP or the Sinarmas Forestry group, legal documents show that the company is indeed a subsidiary of the Sinarmas group.
“At the very least, the decision of the Palembang High Court is appreciated because it declares that PT BMH did commit an unlawful act related to forest fires."
Wilmar should be willing to sever its supply chain from Provident Agro, given that the two concessions of this supplier concerned consist almost entirely of HCS forests...
If the Musim Mas Group were to conduct land clearing in parts of these two concessions, it is fair to assume that the palm oil giant would be explicitly declaring itself to be...
“This forms part of the law enforcement supervision being undertaken by our ministry,” said the Director General of Law Enforcement at the ministry...
The government of Aceh has taken concrete steps to put into effect the moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Leuser Ecosystem...
These Singapore-based palm oil giants, whose supply chains are linked to palm oil plantations in the Leuser Ecosystem, seem to have no desire to develop the area’s underdeveloped villages, some of which are extremely underdeveloped.
Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister demonstrated her commitment to on-the-ground law enforcement by taking firm action against the company PT ABN, sealing off its palm oil concession located within the Leuser Ecosystem...
“The self-disbandment of IPOP by the ex-IPOP signatories is not really surprising news. Their desire to do this has been plain to see since early July 2015...”
“This claim of ‘unauthorized activity’ has been fabricated to conceal the company’s negligence with respect to its responsibilities. In actual fact, they (APRIL’s supplier) intentionally committed these violations."
“APRIL’s explanation doesn’t make any sense. Even if a company has its permit suspended, it is not allowed to simply relinquish all responsibility for the control of its concession area. How is it possible that this 'unauthorized activity' could take place?"
“We will be sending a letter to APRIL's supplier requesting a detailed explanation of what is meant by 'unauthorized activity', including an explanation about certain developments stemming from its report to the police."
NGOs still not convinced by APP’s long-term fiber supply plans
A newly-released report by 12 international and Indonesian NGOs continues to request clarity as to the long-term fiber supply plans of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)'s existing and new mills.
Indonesian Environment Minister reprimands Singapore for comments
Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has reminded her colleague, the Singaporean Minister of the Environment, that he should refrain from making too many comments about Indonesia with regard to land and forest fire issues.
Operations of another APRIL supplier suspended over forest fires
Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has suspended the operations of PT Rimba Lazuardi (RL), one of APRIL’s long-term suppliers located in Sumatra's Riau province, as the company was found...
A damning new report on the ongoing proliferation of illegal palm oil production has been released by Eyes on the Forest (EoF), a coalition of environmental NGOs based in the especially susceptible area of Sumatra’s Riau Province...
“APRIL needs to understand that a license suspended by the government equates to a legally-problematic license. Obviously a company should not be making pulp from plantation fiber that comes from such a legally-problematic concession.”
“This situation leaves us with no other choice but to conclude that APRIL’s sustainability policy is a failure. In no way whatsoever does it ensure that either APRIL or its suppliers are prepared to improve their operations..."
One of APRIL’s major suppliers, PT SRL, has reportedly violated the Environment and Forestry Minister's decree freezing the license of this pulpwood plantation concession in mid-November 2015...
Wilmar and Musim Mas accused of just delivering "talks"
The Mopoli Raya Group - ex-supplier to Wilmar International and Musim Mas - has accused the two palm oil giants of contributing nothing besides mere "talks" over the eight months since Mopoli Raya committed to stop the deforestation of HCS forests...
“Yes, I think the announcement by Ibu Siti is very good. We do have to make a detailed study of IPOP, because if you look at the situation now, the influence of the palm oil industry throughout Indonesia and on its people is immense...”
Minister forms IPOP verification team
Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, signed a letter of assignment on Wednesday (Mar 23) establishing a team tasked with conducting a detailed study of palm oil sustainability policy and the content of the IPOP.
APP’s plan to ramp up the annual production capacity of its new OKI mill from 2 million to 2.8 million tons constitutes a violation of the company’s commitment to transparency in implementing its forest conservation policy...
IPOP originator vows full support for pledge
Association chairman backs minister's move
"We support the plan of Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and forestry to conduct an in-dept study of IPOP's content. It's important to avoid any confusion among Indonesian palm oil industry players and their stakeholders,"...
"Asian Agri is part of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge. As such, we're in full support of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge, regardless of the headwinds against us," he said firmly and without any hesitation.
IPOP to adapt to Indonesian laws and regulations, not the converse, according to deputy minister
Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture at the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Musdhalifah Machmud, has reminded all parties concerned with the implementation of IPOP to wait for the results of a detailed study...
"The plan to boost the annual production capacity of the OKI mill must comply with the committments already made by APP as part of its forest conservation policy," Yuyun Indradi, Greenpeace Indonesia spokeperson, told foresthints.news...
WWF concerned APP will revert to old ways
"We are not convinced that the raw material supply for the OKI mill will be sufficient. Even before it was announced that the annual production capacity of the new APP mill would be increased, we already had serious doubts...
In the middle of November 2015, the Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry froze the license of a large concession block belonging to a major supplier of APRIL, totaling more than 38,000 hectares...
There are insufficient justifications, both legal and technical, for the Indonesian government to support Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), says a palm-industry association...
On 10 February 2016, Indonesian Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, wrote to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to request that the company refrain from featuring the ministry’s logo and a foreword from....
Executive Director of IPOP Management, Nurdiana Darus, has asserted that IPOP Management fully supports the decision of Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, to conduct a detailed study of IPOP....
Greenpeace Indonesia says that the move by Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, to conduct a detailed study on all of the elements of IPOP is a positive step that will help ensure that...
'Don't allow IPOP to become global farce'
Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) has generally come across as merely declarative, and supposing that the communication established by the parties promoting IPOP had been good from the outset, it would certainly not be...
Forging collaborations with communities living in the vicinity of palm oil concessions should not just be done half-heartedly, without any good intentions and clear ideas as to what these collaborations can achieve…
Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, said that all of the elements of IPOP should be gone through in detail first, and that this process was still ongoing. Thus, she said, it was not yet the time to either fully accept or reject IPOP.
A major question continues to hang over Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)’s long-term wood supply as the commencement of its new paper mill’s operations in Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) in South Sumatra draws nearer. The new mill is set to be one of the largest mills in the world.
Three years after the launch of APP's Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) – which was introduced at the beginning of February 2013 – the company’s lack of progress in implementing the policy continues...
Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has written to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)'s Managing Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Aida Greenbury, demanding that the ministry’s logo be removed from the front cover...
APP continues to face questions from CSOs and international observers about the long-term fiber supply to its new OKI mill in South Sumatra, which is set to be the largest in Asia with an expected pulp production...
In an anniversary event to mark three years of implementation of APP's Forest Conservation Policy, one of the key issues raised was the 2015 land and forest fires that burned vast areas of land on APP-linked concessions...
Responding to the third anniversary of the introduction of APP's Forest Conservation Policy, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a San Francisco-based CSO, said that APP needed a medium- to long-term...
CSO coalition raises serious questions over long-term security of fiber supply for new APP mill
The long-term fiber supply for one of the largest pulp mills to have ever been developed by APP, which is due to commence operations in the middle of this year has been called into question. An analysis by...
Since July 2015, Joko Widodo’s administration has provided legal protection to high conservation value forests (HCVF) located in palm oil plantation concession areas. This major step on the part of the government...