November 11, 2019
Haze-causing fires ongoing in APP concession
PT BMH, a controversial pulpwood concession controlled by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP Sinarmas), has frequently been the source of serious haze-causing peat fires. This year is no exception.
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.
October 31, 2019
Indonesian minister slices up APRIL concession for new capital
“I have reported this real progress to the President through an official letter (Oct 18) and also discussed it in person. The part of the PT ITCI concession to be used for the new capital does not consist of blocks that conflict with third parties."
October 28, 2019
Over half of elephant wildlife reserve burned
More than half of the Sumatran elephant inhabited Padang Sugihan wildlife reserve has been consumed by fires (as of Oct 27). The area burned totals in excess of 48 thousand hectares, equivalent to over 60% the size of Singapore.
October 24, 2019
Sinarmas concession burns on President's inauguration day
Another controversial lesson has been learned with regard to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP Sinarmas) after areas in one of its concessions (PT BMH) - one of the main suppliers for the OKI mill - were ravaged by peat fires once again, having also burned in 2015.
October 17, 2019
Authorities make legal move against APP concession
Indonesian authorities, in the form of a joint force made up of the Police and Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, have announced that they are making a legal move against an APP-controlled company (PT RML) operating in Sumatra’s Riau province...
October 15, 2019
Londerang peat protection forest entirely burned
The widespread, haze-causing peat fires in the Londerang peat protection forest naturally raise huge questions given the efforts made by multiple stakeholders to recover the peat forests burned there in 2015.
October 10, 2019
New evidence reaffirms APP as haze producer
It is indeed regrettable that despite the significant efforts it has invested, APP remains responsible for 2019’s transboundary haze at a certain level, most notably during September this year.
October 8, 2019
Claim by APP's owner disproved by haze-causing fires
This claim from the APP sustainability report has unfortunately not been proven on the ground. On the contrary, APP still contributed to haze-causing fires at a certain level in 2019, as highlighted by two pieces of key evidence...
October 4, 2019
APP’s reaction to haze-causing fires dismissed
APP should not be looking for scapegoats by blaming the interpretation of satellite photos, especially given that the Planet Explorer image very strongly highlights how APP has failed to manage its concession, thereby leading to the recurrence of haze-causing peat fires.
September 22, 2019
Spreading peat fires in APP concession causing haze
There is a set of undeniable evidence that peat fires within and around a pulpwood plantation concession (PT WKS) owned by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP/Sinarmas) have been escalating...
June 18, 2019
APRIL preventing extinction of Sumatran tiger
The fact is that almost 75% of remaining relatively intact peat forests made up of Sumatran tiger habitat in the Kampar Peninsula landscape lie in APRIL-controlled concessions and its supply chains. This means that the pulp giant is having the greatest impact...
February 28, 2019
Peat forests being drained in APRIL-controlled supply chain
“Let’s see whether APRIL's claim of improved due diligence turns out to be true, especially in light of this case of ongoing peat forest draining involving part of the supply chain areas it controls."
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 13, 2019
APP ecosystem restoration concession being canalized
New canals are being developed in an expanse of peat ecosystem in PT Karawang Ekawana Nugraha (KEN), a forestry concession for ecosystem restoration belonging to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) which lies in South Sumatra’s OKI regency.
February 6, 2019
APRIL ends acacia sourcing from HCS deforester
...APRIL is not prudent in implementing its sustainability policy, as it should not have been engaged with a supplier that was continuing to clear HCS forests in the first place...
January 17, 2019
APP expansion diminishes conservation zone
Not only has the APP-owned company PT Arara Abadi re-drained peatlands that have been recovering for longer than a decade, but it has also been found to be developing new acacia plantations in forested peatlands.
January 14, 2019
APP re-drains recovering peatlands for acacia expansion
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has been found to have exploited recovering peatlands, which were previously drained by the company more than a decade ago, for pulpwood expansion.
November 28, 2018
HCV signboards in pulpwood concession go missing
Two signboards constructed inside an APP pulpwood concession (PT KSP) in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya regency, marking high conservation value (HCV) areas, have been torn down...
November 14, 2018
Decision made over APRIL supply chain evidence
Following the disclosure of evidence showing that APRIL’s supply chain is still linked to high carbon stock (HCS) forest clearing in Indonesian Borneo, APRIL has given notice that it is taking immediate steps to clean up...
November 12, 2018
Fate of Bornean orangutan linked to APRIL policy
“If APRIL’s policy of sourcing acacia fiber from the open market isn’t immediately cancelled, this will result in the widespread loss of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat..."
November 8, 2018
APRIL supply chain still tied to HCS forest clearing
Singapore-based pulp and paper giant APRIL is still far from cleaning up its supply chain from deforestation, considering that as of today it is still purchasing acacia fiber from a supplier that continues to clear high carbon stock (HCS) forests...
November 5, 2018
Pulpwood company bulldozing Bornean orangutan habitat
PT Industrial Forest Plantation (IFP), a pulpwood company, is continuing to bulldoze Indonesian natural forests with good forest cover, classified as high carbon stock (HCS) forests, to make way for new pulpwood plantations...
October 22, 2018
Minister orders investigation of two illegal forestry cases
A third party has been caught red-handed illegally removing peat forests for palm oil expansion in an APP-controlled concession (PT KSP) by a law enforcement team (Oct 8) deployed by Minister Siti Nurbaya.
October 5, 2018
Bornean orangutan peat forests being burned, logged
The illegal practices do not only involve the use of parts of the location in question for palm oil plantation development, but are also targeted at exploiting the logs scattered among the peat forests.
October 3, 2018
Peat forests continue to disappear in APP’s HCV areas
The remaining peat forests lying in an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)-controlled pulpwood concession (PT KSP), which form part of an Indonesian protection zone, continue to be illegally cleared by a third party for palm oil expansion.
August 6, 2018
APP accelerating community partnership actions
APP has prioritized accelerating the implementation of its forestry partnership initiative by undertaking a community-based intercropping program in one of the pulpwood concessions it controls, PT BMH.
July 24, 2018
APP draining peat protection zone ahead of Asian Games
A pulpwood company controlled by APP has once again been found to be clearing and draining a peat protection zone to make way for new acacia plantations. These operations are taking place near to the site of the upcoming Asian Games...
“The still predominant peat forests spread within the peat protection zone in PT MSL’s concession which have not yet been developed, may in fact no longer be developed into new acacia plantations."
It should be equally relevant for Greenpeace to disclose the new peat ecosystem drainage practices carried out by a company controlled by APP in its South Sumatra pulpwood concession.
June 6, 2018
AP news report on orangutan forest prompts response
...the majority of the land cover in this logging concession still consists of relatively intact peat forests. The facts show that the illegal logging operations - which if still ongoing must be stopped - only happened in a very small section...
By referring to a set of legal supply chain data from PT MSL and APP mills, Greenomics was able to divulge that there has been in fact no flow of mixed tropical hardwood (MTH) from PT MSL to the APP mills.
“The peat ecosystem development (in the PT BMH concession), in particular the construction of new canals resulting in the drainage of the peat ecosystem, must be stopped without delay.”
May 17, 2018
Social forestry viewed as APP strategy for expansion
“APP has exploited this community-based forestry partnership as part of its new strategy for its new acacia expansion.”
...As part of this new acacia expansion in the partnership’s location, the APP company has, among other things, also drained parts of the peat protection zone, including by building new canals there...
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...
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...
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...
February 7, 2018
New work plan of APRIL’s largest supplier approved
After having a strict sanction imposed on it for carrying out peat violations in late December last year, PT SRL, APRIL’s largest acacia supplier, finally had its revised work plan officially approved...
January 24, 2018
Still only 40% of pulpwood companies have work plans approved
The 33 pulpwood companies whose work plans have been approved still only make up around 40% of the 87 companies required to revise their work plans to be brought into alignment with the 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."
“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...
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...
“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.
“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."
“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."
“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."
“However, within the next five years, the Indonesian pulp and paper industry will not endure a fiber supply shortage as harvesting in acacia-planted peat domes is still allowed. What is prohibited is replanting in peat domes...”
“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).”
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...
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."
“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 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 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."
“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."
"We should be grateful that Indonesia has this recently-revised peat regulation, as it forms the backbone for peat restoration and protection, in the interests of both the public and business..."
“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."
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.
“The facts are clear. The company has been caught red-handed carrying out peat violations. It’s impossible to defend companies like this which commit peat violations as if they don’t know...”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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..."
“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.”
“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?"
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."
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.
“We have got the ball rolling in terms of recognizing customary forests by starting with these nine customary forests which cover an area of over 13 thousand hectares...,” said the President.
“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...
“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..."
“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..."
...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...
“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..."
“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."
WWF and Greenpeace have declared that APRIL must abide by the decisions made by the Indonesian government in the wake of the peatland violations...
“Of course we cannot accept what APRIL is doing. It is trying to use its 10-year work plan as a scapegoat for justifying violations committed by itself of its own sustainability policy."
"The decision to provisionally suspend the operations of the APRIL pulpwood concession on Pulau Padang has been made. It will be in effect while we wait for the map on..."
"We once regret the actions of APRIL in trying to mislead the public by claiming that their annual work plan was authorized by the government. This is blatantly misleading..."
“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."
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."
“This forms part of the law enforcement supervision being undertaken by our ministry,” said the Director General of Law Enforcement at the ministry...
Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Dr Siti Nurbaya, has decided to cancel a cooperation agreement between the Ministry's Riau Conservation Agency and the APRIL company...
“If we place all our hopes with the peat agency, that would mean we are relying on technical issues that clearly are not going to solve the problem of peatland destruction..."
CSO network demands total end to pulpwood concession operations in peat domes
The CSO network reaffirmed that peat domes must be liberated from all operations of pulpwood plantations. These operations, it asserts, must be stopped completely without delay...
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 concession areas 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.”
“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."
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...
Pulp and paper industry warned away from community plantation forest program
The Secretary General of Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, Bambang Hendroyono, has said that the community plantation forest program is in no way intended to meet the shortfall in plantation fiber for pulp and paper...
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...
"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...
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.
APP fails the grade, according to Forest Peoples Programme
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...
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...
The Indonesian pulp and paper industry has asked the Indonesian government for various additional facilities, such as tax holiday and a relaxation of the regulatory regime, in order to improve the industry’s competitiveness...
President Jokowi has kept his promise to the public of taking over areas scorched by the massive fires that burned forests and other land in 2015, in particular those areas situated throughout forestry concessions...