GOVERNMENT POLICY NEWS
December 14, 2018
Evidence complements ministerial letter to WWF company
JAKARTA (foresthints.news) - The ground-based facts and satellite images presented in this news report demonstrate a certain level of illegal logging in the second block of the ecosystem restoration concession of PT Alam Bukit Tigapuluh (ABT), a company controlled by WWF Indonesia.
Furthermore, this illegal logging evidence was taking place while the WWF company didn’t have either a 10-year work plan or annual work plans for its operations in the concession block concerned, which lies in Jambi’s Tebo regency on the island of Sumatra.
The absence of annual work plans for PT ABT’s operations over the past two years (2017-2018) resulted in the company receiving a cautionary letter from Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, as earlier reported by foresthints.news (Dec 10).
The following photos form part of the ground-based evidence showing illegal logging in the second block of the PT ABT concession being carried out at the same time as the WWF-controlled company did not have 2017 and 2018 annual work plans.
These illegal logging operations in the habitat of the Sumatran tiger habitat within the boundary of the second block of the PT ABT concession were happening while this part of the concession was yet to be covered in the company’s 10-year work plan (2017-2026).
As such, the letter sent by Minister Nurbaya made a point of instructing the WWF company to revise its 10-year work plan by incorporating the second block of its concession into it.
The letter emphasized that both the unrevised 10-year work plan as well as the absence of 2017 and 2018 annual work plans for PT ABT’s operations represent a violation of legal compliance on the part of the company.
Confirmed by satellite data
Time-series based satellite data confirms that the level of illegal logging operations in the PT ABT concession has escalated in its second block, fragmenting the Sumatran tiger's habitat.
The Planet Explorer images below portray this escalation of illegal logging in the second block of the WWF company's concession. The locations of the distribution of illegal logging spots were provided by the ministry.
It is legally relevant to point out that these forested areas were being illegally logged at a time when PT ABT had yet to include the second concession block in its 10-year work plan and also did not have annual work plans for 2017 and 2018.
The lack of these essential work plans for the company’s operations could, in a legal sense, have significant implications for the directly adjoining Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.
This key concern was also conveyed in Minister Nurbaya’s letter to the WWF-controlled company, alongside her highlighting of the fact that the company is violating its legal compliance.