November 18, 2019
GAR’s peat rehabilitation site burned again
Unfortunately, however, over 40% of the peat rehabilitation site was ravaged by fires again this September, undoubtedly contributing to the haze-causing fires emanating from Indonesian Borneo.
November 6, 2019
Govt: RSPO should question its own effectiveness
RSPO should assess its effectiveness as the sustainable palm oil certifying body, given that more than half of the palm oil concessions sealed by the authorities this year due to haze-causing fires burning within them are RSPO members.
September 16, 2019
Authorities respond to Sime Darby and IOI denials
"The sealing of a burned location is part of the law enforcement process. We will apply multi-layered law enforcement, at the administrative, civil and criminal levels. This process continues."
September 13, 2019
Malaysian concessions at fault for fires and haze sealed
A number of Malaysian palm oil companies have been sealed by the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry because of on-the-ground evidence of their failure to prevent forest and land fires in their concessions...
September 4, 2019
Jakarta offers conditional deal to Brussels on palm oil
“With this mind, we would like to reaffirm that the Indonesian government is the EU’s only global partner when it comes to ensuring that these key Sumatran wildlife species will not face extinction."
August 20, 2019
Field evidence verifies Astra’s forest conservation efforts
A ground-based observation by the foresthints.news team has found that areas of remaining forest cover, both good and not good, in a palm oil concession (PT TPP) owned by Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer...
August 5, 2019
Indonesian permanent forest moratorium signed
Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya stated that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a 5-page order for a permanent moratorium which ends the provision of new permits in primary forests and peatlands...
August 1, 2019
“Mostly deforestation free” not enough: Aidenvironment
"A small but significant minority of growers and trader-refiners are putting Indonesia’s strategic commodity - palm oil - at great risk because they choose to continue clearing forests and peatlands..."
Satellite data confirms that from late June 2018 to early July 2019, 96.25% of the total remaining undrained forested peatlands in the palm oil concession, had still yet to be drained.
July 25, 2019
Mighty Earth: Astra sending a powerful signal
“Since they are Indonesia’s second largest company, these forest conservation efforts send a powerful signal about their and the country’s true commitment to conservation.”
July 22, 2019
Key wildlife habitat protected by palm oil producer
Astra Agro Lestari, Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer, has proved itself to be maintaining a major part of the Sumatran tiger and elephant habitat, spanning an area larger than...
July 8, 2019
GAMA translating NDPE policy into action in Papua
Almost a year after it adopted an NDPE policy, global palm oil supplier GAMA Plantation has performed outstandingly in executing zero deforestation practices among high carbon stock (HCS) forests in its two concessions in Merauke, Papua province.
June 20, 2019
GAR-Greenpeace engagement ends up in claim rebuttal
It is thus important to point out that from February 2011 until February 2014, Greenpeace was engaged with GAR even though this palm oil giant did not yet have a deforestation-free palm oil policy across its entire supply chains in place...
June 13, 2019
Ground-check reaffirms NDPE newcomer serious
This case - of a newcomer executing a recently-adopted NDPE policy while also fulfilling its legal compliance - should also serve as another lesson learned with regard to the palm oil industry using NDPE policies to clean up supply chains from...
It is our expectation, of course, that by the time World Environment Day is celebrated in a few days’ time (Jun 5), nothing will have happened to threaten the more than one thousand Bornean orangutans living in the MPK logging concession.
May 27, 2019
GAR making consistent efforts to protect HCS forests
The majority of the large blocks of high carbon stock (HCS) forests spread within three palm oil concessions controlled by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR/Sinarmas Group) is still being protected...
May 23, 2019
PHOTOS: Orangutans living in palm oil concession
This reaffirms the need for the EU - whose recently-adopted delegated act seeks to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels - to collaborate with palm oil companies if it wishes to play a role in ensuring the survival of Bornean orangutans...
The EU should be supporting such consistent efforts, as encapsulated by this case among others, by collaborating with the Indonesian government, including to establish stricter standards, rather than seeking to phase out...
“About 7,000 hectares of lowland rainforest, or half the concession, is currently under a peer review process to be set aside for conservation, mixed in an existing palm oil plantation landscape."
The EU actually has a great opportunity to work with the Indonesian government and palm oil industry to ensure the survival of orangutans which are still extensively found in palm oil concessions...
This case should serve as a lesson learned for the EU as it pertains to its delegated act which could discourage palm oil companies from protecting Bornean orangutan habitat in their existing concessions.
“In principle, we would like to maintain a strong collaboration with the EU, including in efforts for forest protection and nature conservation. However, if its delegated act is enforced, then how is it possible to maintain this?”
It’s very important for the EU to learn lessons from the fact that the Sumatran orangutan-inhabited peat forests in the Tripa peatland landscape remain largely intact.
April 29, 2019
Palm oil company still protecting world’s orangutan capital
If major parts of the peat forests in the Saratoga palm oil company's concession are replaced by new palm oil plantations, then the orangutan capital of the world will become just a story.
April 25, 2019
New photos from home of cohabitating key wildlife species
In this case, a forward-looking approach is essential to ensure that protection efforts continue to take place, including in the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve which constitutes a core part of the Leuser Ecosystem.
April 22, 2019
Delegated act could end EU's role in Leuser Ecosystem
It would, of course, be a great pity if the EU's well-established engagement in the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem comes to an end as a result of an Indonesian government review in reaction to the enactment of the EU delegated act.
April 9, 2019
EU needs to take President Jokowi’s objections seriously
President Jokowi’s complaints about the recently-adopted EU delegated act shouldn’t simply be ignored by the EU, considering that he has the power to cancel the existing legal framework which is targeted towards ending peat drainage and deforestation of good forest cover.
April 5, 2019
Norway’s special envoy talks about EU delegated act
President Joko Widodo’s administration, in his view, “has done a remarkable job, most notably by imposing the peat moratorium and palm oil expansion moratorium as well as ending forest fires. This has been a Herculean challenge."
The EU should weigh up how much new deforestation of HCS forests will be avoided due to the shift from planned deforestation areas to unplanned deforestation targets, thanks to the President’s freeze on palm oil expansion for at least the next three years.
March 29, 2019
Over 100 palm oil companies on the list for new permits
More than 100 companies are on the list to obtain new permits for the expansion of new palm plantations covering an area of more than 1.4 million hectares, twenty times the size of Singapore, much of which contains HCS forests.
March 26, 2019
Worry EU move may prompt Jakarta to lift palm oil moratorium
“We are worried that the EU delegated act could potentially disappoint President Jokowi, resulting in the cancellation of his order for the palm oil expansion moratorium."
Amid increasingly tense protests about the EU's delegated act on the sustainability criteria for biofuels, it seems that three global palm oil suppliers are disregarding the situation by continuing to clear and drain peat forests which are home to Bornean orangutans.
March 18, 2019
No resolve evident in palm oil moratorium enforcement
Nearly five months after the signing of the moratorium on palm oil expansion in September last year by President Joko Widodo, the implementation of the evaluation of good forest cover in existing palm oil concessions is still absent.
March 11, 2019
PHOTOS: Orangutan forests still being ruined for palm oil
The reputation of the Indonesian palm oil sector is not only determined by companies that have abandoned deforestation and peat destruction practices while continuing to clean up to their supply chains from business-as-usual practices.
“Besides enhancing Indonesia’s reputation, President Jokowi’s gift has also improved Indonesia’s palm oil position in the global market place..."
March 5, 2019
Palm oil expansion moratorium potentially weakened
Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister has made the surprising move of delegating the evaluation of good forest cover situated in existing palm oil concessions - which originates from the relinquishment of state forest areas...
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.
February 19, 2019
Sime Darby reacts to palm oil supply chain cases
Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) has posted two responses on its website regarding the linkage between its supply chain and the ongoing clearing of Bornean orangutan habitat, in the wake of two news reports published by foresthints.news...
February 15, 2019
Business reasons cited for ongoing peat forest clearing
This case highlights the continuing flow of MSAL palm oil into global palm oil supply chains despite the ‘business reasons’ its company is using to justify the relentless eradication of peat forests which play host to the Bornean orangutan.
February 11, 2019
IUCN report aligned with President Jokowi’s instruction
In terms of substance, the essence of the 2018 IUCN report is very much aligned with the President’s instruction of prohibiting any new palm oil expansion that converts good forest cover.
February 8, 2019
RSPO takes move, listed company stops deforestation
The RSPO Secretariat’s Investigations and Monitoring Unit (IMU) has reached a key finding regarding one of its members, PT ANJT Tbk. The IMU has found inconsistencies in landscape conservation and development plans...
February 4, 2019
Palm oil supplier continues to disrespect govt sanction
A global palm oil supplier is continuing to disobey the sanction imposed on it by the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry by persisting in the clearing and draining of Bornean orangutan-inhabited peat forests...
February 1, 2019
Orangutan lives still adversely impacted by Cargill
Cargill, the largest privately-held company in the United States, has proven to be unable to clean up its supply chain from ongoing deforestation and peat drainage in Indonesia, including the removal of the habitat of the Bornean orangutan...
January 30, 2019
Earthworm members mired in orangutan peat forest loss
There is ongoing doubt about the practices of members of The Forest Trust (TFT) - which just announced a change of name to Earthworm Foundation - given that Nestlé, its key member, has been found to be continually linked to...
January 28, 2019
MidEast company still destroying intact Papuan forests
PT KCP, a palm oil company reported by EIA and Greenpeace to be linked to Pacific Inter-Link (PIL), one of the subsidiaries of the Yemeni conglomerate HSA group, is still removing intact forests in Papua for its new palm oil plantations.
January 22, 2019
NGOs, minister present contrasting stances on new palm oil permit
Of this area, secondary forests dominate to a large extent, accounting for about 75% with the other roughly 5% composed of primary forests, based on Greenomics’ calculations which also refer to the ministry’s land cover data published in 2018.
January 9, 2019
'Beyond NDPE' measures still tied to peat drainage via Apical
This case confirms that despite Wilmar’s new policy measures, the supply chains of this company and other supporting signatories to its joint statement remain linked to new deforestation and peat drainage.
January 7, 2019
Wilmar claims of ceased sourcing remain questionable
Despite Wilmar's announcement, this has not led automatically to the cleaning up of its supply chain from Pundi’s palm oil. In fact, Wilmar has only ceased sourcing from the Pundi mill, and not rejecting Pundi’s palm oil from its indirect supply chain altogether.
January 3, 2019
Orangutan habitat still falling victim to Wilmar supplier
The new deforestation and peat drainage that has taken place within its supply chain since Wilmar announced its new policy measures (Dec 10) means that the company should prioritize suspending those suppliers culpable of these harmful practices this month.
December 27, 2018
Apical, Mondelez still at fault for orangutan habitat loss
The supply chain of Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies, is still engaged with the ongoing devastation and peat drainage of the habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan in one of Indonesia’s peat restoration priority provinces.
December 20, 2018
New sanction imposed as NDPE policy still on paper only
The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry has concluded that major palm oil buyers and traders that have already adopted an NDPE policy have yet to change their corporate culture in that their supply chains remain linked to peat violations.
December 18, 2018
Shadow company tests new Wilmar policy measures
It goes without saying that the new Wilmar policy measures should be given a chance to see to what extent they can address this case. On the other hand, no excuses should be given if the relevant evidence in this case is mishandled.
December 12, 2018
POIG member linked to drainage of peat restoration areas
The Musim Mas Group (MMG), which is one of the members of POIG (Palm Oil Innovation Group), has been sourcing palm oil from the Makin Group (Gudang Garam) whose company has recently drained parts of Indonesia’s targeted peat restoration areas...
December 7, 2018
RSPO investigating member clearing HCS forests
“The RSPO Secretariat's Investigation and Monitoring Unit was informed of the alleged forest clearance by PT ANJT in September 2018 and has been investigating the matter. As this process is currently ongoing..."
December 5, 2018
New peat drainage continues in Indonesian priority provinces
New drainage of peatlands for the expansion of palm oil plantations is still underway in provinces of Indonesia prioritized for peat restoration by President Joko Widodo in early January 2016...
November 26, 2018
New facts cast doubt on TFT’s palm oil transformation
As of today, the palm oil supply chain of Nestlé remains strongly linked to deforestation and peat destruction in Indonesia, despite the Swiss food and beverage giant having been a member of TFT for years. This assessment is backed up by...
November 23, 2018
RSPO member continues to drain peat ecosystem
The RSPO purports to ‘promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil’ and provides certification of this. However, even after the RSPO announcement of a new standard in mid-November, one of its members continues to drain a peat ecosystem.
November 21, 2018
New RSPO standard being tested in West Papua
The ongoing palm oil plantation expansion by PT ANJT, an Indonesian-listed company which is also an RSPO member, is one case in point, and can be used as a yardstick for measuring how seriously the new RSPO standard is...
November 16, 2018
Unending peat exploitation linked to three TFT members
Nestlé remains one of the global kings of deforestation and peat destruction given that its palm oil supply chain still consists of suppliers which continue to source from companies eradicating Indonesia’s forests and exploiting its peatlands.
October 30, 2018
2018's biggest food firms still sourcing from peat destroyer
The world's top three biggest food companies in 2018, Cargill, Nestlé and PepsiCo, are still sourcing palm oil from the Jakarta-listed company PT TBLA Tbk which continues to drain Indonesia’s targeted peat restoration areas...
October 26, 2018
Leuser peat violator to be hit with parallel legal actions
“The process of executing the Supreme Court’s ruling is being undertaken in parallel with the new law enforcement measures against PT Kallista Alam...”
October 24, 2018
Cargill tainted by peat ecosystem destruction in West Papua
The palm oil supply chain of self-proclaimed major palm oil trader Cargill is still linked to PT ANJT, a palm oil company exploiting part of an Indonesian peat ecosystem to make way for its palm oil plantations.
October 19, 2018
Mars asks ADM to remove Papua deforester from supply chain
“We are taking action with our direct suppliers when we become aware of credible grievances throughout our palm oil supply chain and have asked our supplier ADM to remove ANJT from the supply chain."
October 17, 2018
PEAK clearing peat forests despite palm oil moratorium
PEAK's business-as-usual will certainly place it in the list of palm oil companies perpetrating peat violations, including those that are ignoring the palm oil moratorium by continuing...
October 12, 2018
Govt exposes razing of peat forests by global CPO supplier
"The ground-check was performed on the order of our minister because of strong indications of peat violations, among other things, involving state forest areas."
October 10, 2018
New Papua deforestation seen as a real test for Nestlé
Despite the new palm oil moratorium recently put into effect, an Indonesian-listed company and global palm oil supplier, continues to level good forest cover to develop new palm oil plantations...
October 8, 2018
Palm oil expansion goes on, review crucial
The evaluation of permits for existing concessions in areas with good forest cover is one of the instruments of the President’s palm oil moratorium. However, the longer it takes for such evaluations to be performed...
October 1, 2018
Palm oil moratorium puts spotlight on existing permit
"The sold GenP concession is one of the existing palm oil concessions that technically meets the criteria to be evaluated, with reference to the content of the President's palm oil expansion moratorium."
September 24, 2018
Greenpeace report exposes impact of permits from SBY regime
A review confirms that nearly 100% of the deforestation and peat ecosystem destruction in Papua and West Papua provinces is due to permits granted by the forestry ministry during the decade-long SBY administration (2004-2014).
September 21, 2018
Minister underlines key points of new palm oil moratorium
“The ongoing clearing of good forest cover to make way for the development of new palm oil plantations, especially over the last four years, has almost exclusively taken place in concessions whose permits were granted by the SBY..."
September 20, 2018
Ex-Triputra concession in Bornean orangutan habitat sealed
The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry has taken law enforcement action against PT Pinang Witmas Abadi (PWA) by sealing it as a result of the peat fires that have taken place in its palm oil concession...
September 17, 2018
‘Powerful’ company engaged in non-stop peat drainage
This situation demonstrates just how powerful TBLA considers itself to be, seeing that it has brazenly continued to operate without complying with existing peat regulations, constantly draining peatlands some of which...
September 13, 2018
New evidence found in Batang Toru hydroelectric site
The discovery of three two-day-old Tapanuli orangutan nests in community plantations, isolated due to the fragmentation of their habitat by PT NSHE's hydroelectric power project development, forms part of the evidence as to why...
September 11, 2018
New peat drainage taints 20 palm oil traders, buyers
...First Resources/CAA's ongoing clearing and draining of peat forests highlight the fact that the aforementioned 20 global palm oil traders and buyers remain tainted by peat destruction practices...
September 10, 2018
Palm oil permits with intact forests traded for USD80m
...these permits were traded in a single purchase agreement, at a total price of USD80 million with the permits worth USD40 million each, to a third party based in Malaysia. The area of each permit is equivalent to...
September 3, 2018
Canals being developed in sold Triputra concession
PT PWA, a palm oil company recently sold by the Triputra Group whose concession lies within the habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan, has been engaging in the large-scale development of new canals...
August 28, 2018
16 global palm oil players linked to ongoing peat fires
Four of the five palm oil concessions (PT SUM, PT PLD, PT AAN, and PT RJP) owned by GAMA Plantation in West Kalimantan's Kubu Raya regency have been sealed by the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry...
August 24, 2018
Sanction put in place against Saratoga palm oil company
A strict sanction has been imposed on PT Surya Panen Subur (SPS-2), a palm oil company whose concession lies in part of the Leuser Ecosystem, following an instruction from Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya...
August 20, 2018
Illegal Leuser Ecosystem destruction traced back
Using time-series data from 2011-2013, USGS Landsat 7 and 8 images were able to trace back how the Saratoga-associated company destroyed peatlands in HCV areas which were legally established as such...
August 14, 2018
Minister sanctions palm oil company in Leuser Ecosystem
Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has decided to impose a strict sanction on PT Surya Panen Subur (SPS-2) - which operates in the Tripa peat swamps, part of the Leuser Ecosystem...
August 13, 2018
GAMA Plantation ceases new peat development
Satellite data has confirmed that after the Indonesian Forestry Ministry conducted a ground-based inspection of a palm oil concession belonging to PT GAN, a GAMA Plantation-owned company, no further new peat...
August 3, 2018
Minister divulges breaches by global palm oil supplier
“It is very concerning as to why these legally-established HCV areas have been converted into palm oil plantations. This is obviously not in compliance with the company’s environmental permit.”
August 1, 2018
One-year long destruction of orangutan habitat highlighted
Satellite data confirms that over the course of a year, bulldozing of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat in a concession took place continuously to make way for new palm oil plantations, and there is still...
July 30, 2018
Papua’s vanishing forests linked to TFT, RSPO members
This situation highlights the fact that the aforementioned TFT and RSPO members retain supply chains tainted by deforestation, in this case the destruction of Papua’s HCS forests.
July 26, 2018
Minister confirms end to peat drainage by two companies
"My law enforcement director general has reported to me that the president directors of the two palm oil companies in question have declared a halt to their new peat drainage practices. This represents good progress."
July 11, 2018
Decision taken by peat agency over MoU with RSPO
A review conducted by the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) concerning an MoU it signed with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has resulted in a decision to put this MoU on hold...
July 9, 2018
Peat agency signs MoU with RSPO, deprioritizing ISPO
...the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) signed an MoU with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in a move that undermines the President's directive. In doing this, the peat agency has neglected...
For palm oil business groups controlling certain companies which have yet to prepare and submit peat recovery legal documents to the ministry, this is tantamount to their sustainability policy not meeting the standards...
"The essence of the letter is aimed at putting an end to new peat development without delay, while making certain that peat recovery efforts are also immediately implemented in the two Salim Group palm oil concessions."
June 25, 2018
Minister cracks down on GAMA company for peat violations
On the basis of the 10 proven violations committed by the GAMA palm oil company, Minister Siti Nurbaya has issued 11 orders to the company to fulfill legal compliance based on existing laws and regulations.
June 18, 2018
Minister brands EU palm oil phase-out deal a misstep
“The phasing-out of palm oil in order to meet the EU’s renewable energy target, despite being pushed back to 2030, is clearly a misplaced move which also sends a bad signal to many other sectors in the world economy."
June 11, 2018
Company seen doing nothing to end Leuser peat violations
The ministry's initial legally-based ground investigation concluded that there are strong indications that the palm oil company PT SPS-2 has done nothing to prevent peat violations occurring in its concession.
“The primary instruction from our minister is to take immediate law enforcement measures. This is the second layer after the first layer has already been done by her writing to the Aceh governor requesting that the peat violations be stopped."
May 28, 2018
HCV areas being destroyed by bauxite mining company
High conservation value (HCV) areas set aside by palm oil companies are not always easy to maintain. An example of this is the case of the ongoing bauxite exploitation by PT Laman Mining in parts of...
It should also be pointed out that the areas being converted into new palm oil plantations all fall within a section of Indonesia's peat protection zones established by Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya...
Major parts of the Ketungau peat forest landscape, which lies in West Kalimantan’s Sintang regency, have been destroyed by two palm oil companies that are associated with the Salim Group...
Regardless of the level of concern about the fate of the Bornean orangutan and the places it calls home, the facts show that we are still unable to end the clearing of the habitat of this critically-endangered species in...
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.
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.
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)...
The peat agency needs to answer a big question as to why it failed to detect massive new canal development in the peat forests, consisting of peat domes, which are situated in the two GAMA Plantation...
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."
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.
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.
...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...
“PT ABN's latest comments about the need to restore the home range of the local herd of elephants is a position that the company needed to hold in June 2016 when it accelerated deforestation instead of halting clearance..."
Measuring in total the equivalent of 58 thousand soccer fields, 33% of these three new palm oil concessions consists of peat ecosystems, according to the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry’s peat ecosystem map.
...in the event that a legal basis underpinning the palm oil expansion moratorium is issued, concessions which consist of good forest cover - whether from new palm oil permits or old ones - would remain objects for evaluation.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
These ground-check findings prove that a detailed analysis based on LiDAR mapping funded by the Norwegian government and under the coordination of the World Resources Institute (WRI) is both legally and technically erroneous.
The classification of almost all of 2015’s burned peat areas in the Padang Sugihan Wildlife Reserve as secondary peat swamp forests, of even a high and medium density, by the WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping team plainly represents an example of biased land cover classification evidence.
The Environment and Forestry Minister cautioned that any mapping tool, whatever its name and including LiDAR, should still refer to land cover changes on a time-series basis while also encompassing a review of the government's legally-defined historical evidence.
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.
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...
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."
"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..."
In the case of Wilmar, the ministry’s findings could be used by stakeholders to illustrate that the company’s supply chains remain linked to deforestation, new peat development, and the destruction of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat.
“Law enforcement measures are being taken against the peat violations committed by the palm oil company seeing that they clearly contravene the newly-revised peat regulation signed by President Joko Widodo...”
The acceleration of peat restoration has undoubtedly been affected by the peat agency’s extremely low budget absorption level, particularly this year. The adverse effects of this situation...
...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.
“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."
“The Indonesian government is sticking to the Paris Climate Agreement. Indonesia does not rely on the level of commitment from any other countries, including the US."
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 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."
"We should be grateful that Indonesia has this recently-revised peat regulations, as it forms the backbone for peat restoration and protection, in the interests of both the public and business..."
“We suggest that Wilmar, before posting any more progress updates on grievances from stakeholders, first verify exactly what is happening in the field..."
It is crucial for the (real) roadmap document to be made available so as to give all relevant stakeholders some insight into the peat agency’s restoration plans for 2016 to 2020.
“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...”
“I have absolutely no knowledge of the report on PT MPK. Indeed, I’ve never even seen it or met with them to discuss any such report. The statement in the press release is really just an empty claim.”
“As a legal consequence of the designation of the majority of the PT MPK logging concession as peat protection zones, the permit granted to the company needs to be reviewed.”
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.
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.”
“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...
“Any feedback and perspectives that do not support peat regulatory reforms and are geared towards returning to a regime of business-as-usual practices have been rejected out of hand."
“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.”
...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.
This second video from the ministry indicates that no real peat restoration interventions on the ground were undertaken by the peat agency over the course of last year in 2015’s burned peatland areas.
“The peat agency needs to be fair and honest. It is obligatory for data sources to be provided, no matter what the publication, both in a legal sense and in terms of the principles of good governance."
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.
“Don’t give the wrong signals to the public. The peat agency should remember that it doesn’t need to show off by polishing its performance over 2016.”
"...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...”
“Legally speaking, it has been very difficult to measure the peat agency’s performance this year, given that the legal documents for the 2016-2020 peat restoration plan have not been finalized by the agency."
“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."
Minister Siti Nurbaya said that the key feature of the revised peat regulation is the imposition of a moratorium on any new land clearing in peatlands...
“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...”
Professor William F. Laurance was especially eager to laud the efforts of the current Indonesian government with respect to ongoing forest conservation efforts and measures.
As part of a follow-up to the declaration of a moratorium on the expansion of palm oil plantation in the Leuser Ecosystem, the governor of Aceh has issued...
“I explicitly instructed my law enforcement team to apprehend anybody engaging in illegal logging or clearing in the Leuser Ecosystem. The monitoring goes on..."
Monitoring conducted by Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment and Forestry has identified some seriously burned peatlands in the Tripa peatland complex located in the Leuser Ecosystem...
"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..."
“This peatland restoration indicative map is a concrete manifestation of President Jokowi’s great commitment to restoring last year's burned peatlands as well as saving existing peat domes."
"We are not going to retreat in enforcing the law in cases of forest and land fires. We aim to instill discipline in companies and enforce the law..."
“This landscape level peat restoration consists of several concessions located in an extensive peat landscape, especially those under the control of one business group, which were afflicted by huge peat fires."
Although a section of the Tripa peatlands was designated as a protection zone by the Aceh Spatial Plan in December 2013, burning, clearing and draining has still occured in parts of this area.
President Jokowi has ordered immediate and clear on-the-ground action to be taken to restore both peatlands burned last year, in particular those located in concession areas...
A draft presidential instruction and action plan on the palm oil plantation expansion moratorium were approved at a coordination meeting under the auspices of...
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...
The government of Aceh has taken concrete steps to put into effect the moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Leuser Ecosystem...
"Reviews of existing permits form an integral part of the palm oil expansion moratorium. I am conveying this on behalf of the Environment and Forestry Minister."
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...”
Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment and Forestry has sealed off the palm oil concession belonging to PT ABN because the company lacked the necessary permit to carry out its land-clearing operations.
Peat agency lacks the guts to deal with pulpwood concessions, according to head of CSO
“We have seen consistently that the peat agency doesn’t have the guts to deal with these matters. As a result, it prefers to focus on peat restoration efforts outside of the concession areas.”
“The peat agency not only needs to encourage reforms at the regulatory level, but it also needs to urge pulpwood companies to refrain from any more replanting of acacia in peatlands after harvesting has been completed..."
Greenpeace calls for peatlands in protection zones to be liberated from pulpwood concessions
"After harvesting has taken place in peatlands which are incorporated into protection zones, the pulpwood concessions operating there must be taken over by the government..."
“The government needs to prioritize its efforts to fill up all canals found in peat domes in which acacia and palm oil plantations are operating and stop all operations in these peat domes.”
“I have put a stop to the entire process for new permits for palm oil expansion under my authority, from A to Z. This is concrete proof that we are following up on President Joko Widodo’s directive.”
Aceh Deputy Governor ready to provide ground level backing to Leuser Ecosystem moratorium
“There is no doubt that the moratorium decision will need to be enforced in the field, not just implemented on paper. I am ready to provide backing to any such ground level efforts.”
Minister points to Leuser Ecosystem moratorium in UN speech as proof of Indonesia’s commitment
Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Acehnese leaders have declared a moratorium on the expansion of palm oil and mining in the Leuser Ecosystem area. This will include a review of all the operations...
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.
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...
Indonesia, the world’s largest CPO producer, must have the foresight and ability to anticipate future challenges and opportunities, said Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution in his opening address...
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...
There are insufficient justifications, both legal and technical, for the Indonesian government to support Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), says a palm-industry association...
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.
President Joko Widodo recently formed the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency in an effort to restore roughly 2 million hectares of burned peatland. Furthermore, the Indonesian government also plans to pursue a policy...
IPOP Management takes proactive steps to follow up on Indonesian govt policy
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...