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.

Clearing begun on Bornean orangutan habitat worth USD3.2 million

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...

Peat agency LiDAR mapping covers US company concession

“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."

Serious questions arise about FGV associate’s supply chains

...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 confirms no new peat planting in orangutan habitat

“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.”

Papua’s HCS forests remain a source of palm oil expansion

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.

Peat agency gets 'bonus' from budget cut

Basically, the peat agency actually benefits from the budget cut from the perspective of its budget absorption level. The argument is that without the budget cut, the peat agency would only have spent 2.93% of its budget...

FGV investments disregard cleaning up of supply chains

...FGV’s updated 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...

Musim Mas respects GenP decision considered an ‘old dirty trick’

“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."

GenP held to account for promises despite exit strategy

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.

Govt rejects company’s request to resume clearing home of orangutan

In its letter of rejection, the ministry clearly stated that the newly-revised government regulation on peat protection and management explicitly prohibits any new canal development which causes peat to dry.

Largest US corporation complies with Indonesian peat governance

“The Cargill palm oil company has submitted its peat recovery plan document to the ministry, as have some other Singapore and Malaysian-based companies such as GAR, RGE and IOI."

APP’s business transformation not substantial, monitoring finds

“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)..."

APRIL remains in breach of toxic waste handling rules

“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."

Sime Darby company’s operations suspended due to illegal practices

“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..."

Minister finds lack of seriousness from APP in peat governance

“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."

Global campaigner urges corporations to start monitoring with ministry

“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..."

Minister reaffirms APRIL not aligned with peat governance

“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."

World’s largest palm oil trader’s supply chains linked to peat violations

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.

Minister presents photos of peat violations in palm oil concession

“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..."

Pulp & paper industry not to lack fiber supply in next five years

“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..."

CAA palm oil company keeps expanding with peat violations

“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)."

Peat agency’s budget absorption level at 1.2% by mid-year 2017

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...

No room for palm oil, mining expansion as Irwandi returns as Aceh Governor

...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.

APRIL company’s legal document reinforces peat protection zones

In the legal document submitted to the ministry by the APRIL company, it is revealed that 70% of the Pelalawan estate is made up of deep-lying peat - which also usually constitutes peat domes...

Minister urges corrective action from companies in peat governance

“Concrete corrective action from forestry and palm oil companies is essential. Don’t bother giving solutions to the government which, in essence, only seek to sustain business-as-usual practices."

Decision on LiDAR mapping locations made solely by peat agency

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...

NGO questions peat agency’s approach in light of LiDAR mapping

“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."

Fire ravaged forestry concessions not covered by LiDAR mapping

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...

Ground inspection reveals APRIL fulfilling peat violation sanctions

“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."

Fires hit Leuser Ecosystem’s Tripa peat swamp

“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."

APP’s new canal development proposal seen as strange by Govt

“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..."

Indonesia unmoved by US decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

“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."

Indonesian authorities conclude Sime Darby has committed violations

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.

Minister details role of peat governance in Indonesian GDP

“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.”

Threat of conversion of HCVF areas in APRIL supply chains

“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.”

Sime Darby required to end any further HCS forest clearing

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...

LiDAR mapping confirms APRIL concession lies in deep peat

“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."

FSC warned to respect Indonesia’s new peat regulations

“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."

Greenpeace comments on new canals built by APP companies

“The last evaluation of APP’s progress showed that there were still many problems and issues for APP in delivering its commitments."

APP builds new canals the length of Bonn to Brussels

“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."

Verification proves paper giant company developed new canals

“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."

VIDEO CLIP: Environmental activist releases new single for forests

“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."

Minister reaffirms backing from President on peat reforms

“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."

APRIL keeps option of plantation development in peatlands on the table

“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."

Peat agency to revise roadmap by incorporating new peat regulations

"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..."

Early indications show APRIL to be compliant with sanctions

“Major business groups like APRIL and APP should be the leaders of business transformation, not involved in peat violations."

Pulp giant delivers progress report to ministry on waste removal

“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."

Evidence indicates Wilmar’s grievance progress updates not real

“We suggest that Wilmar, before posting any more progress updates on grievances from stakeholders, first verify exactly what is happening in the field..."

Stakeholders told about mistakenly-uploaded peat restoration roadmap

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.

Legal measures taken against palm oil company fragmenting peat forests

“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...”

First violator of new peat regulations caught red-handed in GSK landscape

“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...”

Ministry regrets baseless claim about unannounced inspection

“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.”

Minister decides to review logging permit in Bornean orangutan habitat

“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.”

Sale of permit raises concerns for HCS forests and orangutan habitat

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.

Acacia removed in Kampar Peninsula after inaction by pulp giant

“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.”

Minister stops peat violations in Bornean orangutan habitat

“I have already ordered an end to PT MPK’s operations due to its peat violations. We are currently investigating this case.”

Market leader continues clearing of Papua’s forests to achieve its business goal

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.

Finger pointed at Felda for ties with controversial palm oil company

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.

Astra responds to questions about ties to controversial palm oil supplier

“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.”

Sanction imposed on APRIL for 2016 peat fires yet to be lifted

“This sanction is still in force and has yet to be lifted. There is still one more condition that has yet to be met by PT RAPP.”

Astra retains link to supplier with ‘busy years ahead’ clearing Papua's forest

“Astra’s failure to implement its own policy is unacceptable and demonstrates that nice policies are not enough.”

Lesson learned report needed from GAR despite constructive response

“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..."

Independent audit essential to learn truth about loss of HCS forest, says NGO

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...

Caught red-handed, APP company orders an end to burned peat replanting

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...

Most NGOs react strongly to poor level of paper giant’s legal compliance

“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..."

Minister gets tough on implementing President’s peat regulatory reforms

“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."

Giant pulp mill caught red-handed committing waste management violations

“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."

Hard evidence exposes manipulation of pulp giant’s company letter

“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.”

Symbolic removal of acacia marks new era of peat-related law enforcement

“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.”

NGO coalition raises concerns about bureaucracy, ministry responds with evidence

...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.

Pulp giant company returns permit after uncontrolled peat fires exposed

“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?"

Second video reemphasizes untrue claims unhelpful in preventing peat fires

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.

Peat agency falls short of professional standards by failing to cite key data source

“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."

Photos of 2015’s burned peat in pulp giant concessions reinforce President’s warning

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.

Video reveals threat of peat fires from targeted peat restoration areas

“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..."

Environmental NGOs call on APP not to continue operations in drained peatlands

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.

Govt cracks down on five more APP peat violators, bringing total to eight

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.

Ministry criticizes peat agency’s misleading claims of ‘peat restoration interventions’

“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.”

Peat agency delivers zero action in hardest-hit concession, videos show

"...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?”

Benchmarks to evaluate peat agency’s performance defined

“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...”

2016’s peat restoration efforts leave critical lessons learned

“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."

Ground level facts at odds with APP company’s letter of request to ministry

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.

Customary forest within pulp giant concession granted to indigenous group

“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.

Govt rejects Singapore-based company’s proposals on peat violations

“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."

Pulp giant replanting burned peat must face full force of law, urges frontline alliance

“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."

Ministry official refutes report alleging burned peat replanting authorized

“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."

CSOs back govt’s law enforcement efforts against APP’s peat violations

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...

Govt indicates giant agribusiness group linked to illegal peat exploitation

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.

Outgoing ambassador impressed by Jokowi’s climate change efforts

“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 prominent NGOs disengage from APRIL’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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...

No peat restoration efforts across APP’s supply chain, concludes ministry’s monitoring

“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."

Govt punishes APRIL’s business-as-usual practices in peatlands

“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 highlights key points of revised peat regulation

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...

President signs revised peat regulation, ending business-as-usual practices

“We should be extremely grateful for President Joko Widodo’s leadership in terms of peatland protection which has been nothing short of extraordinary..."

Top officials investigate extent of palm oil company's peatland violations

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...

Listed company develops new palm oil plantation in last year’s burned peatlands

"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...”

Govt doing commendable job in protecting Leuser Ecosystem, according to acclaimed biologist

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.

Largest NGO says APP peat fires deliberately set for replanting purposes

Indonesia’s largest environmental NGO has emphatically stated that last year's widespread peat fires in APP's pulpwood concessions were intentional. Proof of this lies in the fact that...

APP under the spotlight as another company found replanting burned peatlands

“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..."

Govt takes tough line against APP’s continual exploitation of burned peatlands

“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..."

Indonesian authorities reject APP landscape conservation

“Our ministry has made an official determination that APP’s landscape conservation is inconsistent with the country’s forestry and environmental laws and regulations."

Minister designates Leuser Ecosystem as inseparable part of Aceh spatial plan

“I have already decided to incorporate the boundaries of the Leuser Ecosystem into the Aceh state forest area map."

Aceh Governor reinforces President’s palm oil moratorium policy

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...

Minister lives up to promise on action against peatland violators in Leuser Ecosystem

“I explicitly instructed my law enforcement team to apprehend anybody engaging in illegal logging or clearing in the Leuser Ecosystem. The monitoring goes on..."

Ambassadors congratulate Indonesia after President signs Paris Agreement into law

Ambassadors from several friendly countries took the opportunity to extend their congratulations to Indonesia after the President signed the Paris Agreement into law...

VIDEO: Monitoring finds seriously burned peatland in Leuser Ecosystem, prompting demand for action

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...

Environment Ministry’s hard work pays off as Indonesian parliament ratifies Paris Agreement

"...we are now very grateful that parliament has approved this. Our President’s commitment to this cause has been clearly underlined by his backing for the Paris Agreement..."

Google Earth images demonstrate true extent of burned peatlands in pulp giant's concessions

...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.

Pulp giant company's work plan annulled due to plantation expansion in Kampar Peninsula landscape

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...

President’s no peat exploitation policy boosted by Agrarian Minister’s newly-issued letter

“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..."

APRIL company’s newly-emerged work plan surprises NGOs but faces threat of cancellation

“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..."

Indonesian peatland restoration indicative map issued, covering 35 times the size of Singapore

“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."

SAC members ask APRIL to put Indonesian government decisions into action

WWF and Greenpeace have declared that APRIL must abide by the decisions made by the Indonesian government in the wake of the peatland violations...

APRIL in flagrant violation of its own sustainability policy, according to CSO coalition

"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."

APRIL subsidiary’s concession suspended as authorities await revised work plan

"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..."

APRIL proven to have misled the public regarding serious peatland violations

"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..."

President Jokowi vows never to retreat in fight against forest and land fires

“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..."

Landscape level peat restoration to begin this year, says Peat Agency Chief

“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.

Sinarmas Forestry company found guilty of unlawful conduct by High Court over peat fires

“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."

Violations in Tripa peat protection zone uncovered

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 gets peat agency report card, demands further peat restoration action

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...

Palm oil moratorium on track, ministry urges all parties to get on board

A draft presidential instruction and action plan on the palm oil plantation expansion moratorium were approved at a coordination meeting under the auspices of...

Pressure on Wilmar to keep its promises after IPOP disbandment

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...

Ex-IPOP signatory’s commitment being tested in Papua despite reassurances

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...

NGO network gives guarded response to issue of peat restoration priorities

“I think the peat agency should prioritize their work on heavily degraded peatland, but this should also be extended to less degraded peatland..."

Ministry begins law enforcement phase against major APRIL supplier

As June entered its fourth week, Ministry of the Environment and Forestry began the law enforcement phase with respect to the harvesting carried out by APRIL major supplier while the company’s permit suspension...

Indigenous leader remains cautiously optimistic about President’s promise

“This year will be a very crucial time. If Jokowi fails to fulfill his commitment this year, I think support (for our cause) will dissipate. But I am still optimistic about Jokowi, at least for this year..."

Agreement with APRIL company cancelled by Forestry Minister due to irregularities

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...

Aceh authorities explain rationale behind Leuser circular letter ‎to palm oil companies

The government of Aceh has taken concrete steps to put into effect the moratorium on palm oil expansion in the Leuser Ecosystem...

Existing permits not to be left out of palm oil moratorium, according to ministry

“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."

Peat agency disagrees with Greenpeace recommendation for peat restoration priority areas

“Our recommendation to the peat agency actually relates to the priority areas for restoration. We believe that priority should be given to the less degraded peatland areas because...”

VIDEO: Fate of underdeveloped villages linked to supply chains of palm oil giants in the Leuser Ecosystem

These Singapore-based palm oil giants, whose supply chains are linked to palm oil plantations in the Leuser Ecosystem, seem to have no desire to develop the area’s underdeveloped villages, some of which are extremely underdeveloped.

VIDEO: Swift action by minister in Leuser Ecosystem saves 22 Sumatran elephants

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...

IPOP disbandment due to two key drivers, says DG

“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...”

Peat agency indicative map adjudged to be misleading

"The peat agency’s indicative map hugely benefits a certain pulp and paper company as well as a number of palm oil companies headquartered in Singapore. This situation needs to be redressed.”

Ministry seals off palm oil concession in Leuser Ecosystem linked to supply chain of top biofuel producers

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 confirms submission of complete APP data

“The burned peatlands in the APP concessions situated in these two regencies are our top priority in terms of restoration. That’s why this data from APP was essential, as it serves as important input for the peat agency.”

Aceh Deputy Governor lauds new moves taken to protect Leuser Ecosystem

Deputy Governor of Aceh has given a very positive response to the issuance of a radiogram from the Minister of the Environment and Forestry requesting that the Governor of Aceh shut down all land-clearing operations...

Minister and Aceh Governor prove their commitment to protecting Leuser Ecosystem

“I hugely appreciate that the Aceh governor has been so cooperative in putting an end to all land-clearing operations in the Leuser Ecosystem. This is a genuine reflection of the shared commitment we made..."

Minister discloses five considerations concerning palm oil expansion moratorium

“The first consideration was the need to preserve forests with good forest cover. In other words, the expansion of palm oil plantations in productive forests is no longer permitted, both for new and existing permits..."

Data submitted by APP to peat agency still incomplete

“The data required which has not been included is essential as it shows the location of zones which are to be incorporated into protection zones."

Peat agency appreciates APP owner's apology and promise of data

Chief of the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency declared that owner of APP, a prominent member of the Widjaja family, has expressed his regret to the peat agency for certain moves made by the company...

Activist group calls for incorporation of Leuser Ecosystem protection into spatial plan

“I think the recently announced moratorium on oil palm and mining in the Leuser Ecosystem is a good step in the right direction. However, we do need to monitor the implementation of the moratorium..."

New report urges APRIL to relinquish peat domes from its fiber-supply chain

“No matter how extensive the indicative peat domes that have been planted with acacia by APRIL and its suppliers are, APRIL is nevertheless under an obligation to restore them...”

Peat agency and ministry conclude APP told public lie

“APP has developed a chronology that serves its own interests. They have chosen to conceal the actual chronology. It’s not only the public that they’ve lied to in their public statement, but also government agencies.”

Peat Agency Chief calls APP an uncooperative business group

“It's very strange that a business group like APP has failed to cooperate with BRG (the peat agency). It's almost as if they never even read the presidential regulation that established BRG..."

Japanese academics express cautious optimism on peat restoration efforts

Two leading Japanese academics expressed their views about Indonesia’s peatland restoration plans, and in particular its intention to restore up to 2 million hectares by 2020.

Peat Agency Chief addresses concerns of CSOs

“If the peat domes have been planted by companies, for example with palm oil or acacia, the plantations have to be replaced by species that can only grow well in peat domes under the protection status..."

Environmental group downplays effectiveness of peat agency

“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.”

WWF urges peat agency to ensure companies refrain from replanting acacia in peatlands

“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..."

NGO executive urges prioritization of efforts to fill up canals in peat domes

“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.”

No whitewashing of illegal palm oil plantations operating in state forest areas, says DG

“Cases of palm oil plantations in state forest areas can only be resolved through legal procedures. We are not prepared to use any other kind of procedure. This issue can only be resolved on a legal basis.”

Unprecedented steps taken to reinforce President's palm oil expansion moratorium

“This means that from the results of the first and second round reviews, there are almost 1.6 million hectares which are to be subject to the palm oil expansion moratorium beyond the existing moratorium map..."

Environment Minister follows up on promise to review bilateral cooperation with Singapore

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, sent a radiogram to all of Indonesia’s governors requesting that they make an inventory of all forms of cooperation with Singapore...

WALHI praises moratorium as good move while criticizing IPOP signatory statement

WALHI (Friends of the Earth Indonesia) insists that the recently announced moratorium on the expansion of palm oil is clearly beneficial for Indonesia, both in the short and long term.

Greenpeace backs moratorium, calling IPOP signatory statement unhelpful

Greenpeace Indonesia has given its full backing to the recently announced moratorium on the expansion of palm oil and mining in Indonesia, hailing it as a positive move on a number of levels.

Proposals for conversion of forest 12 times the size of Singapore into palm oil plantations rejected

“We have rejected and terminated the licensing process for all new palm oil plantations submitted by 61 companies for an area of more than 851 thousand hectares. This is the result of the first round of the review we are conducting."

Letter requesting clarification of 'unauthorized activity' sent to APRIL supplier

"The letter we sent demonstrates our decisiveness and commitment when it comes to promoting more discipline in the forestry business sector, particularly concerning legal compliance with forest fire-related cases."

Peat hydrological units containing good forest cover not to be opened up for palm oil, agrees expert

“I completely agree that areas of good forest cover in a peat hydrological unit must not be opened up for palm oil expansion. There is a need to protect those forests for the sake of ecological urgency..."

Review of existing palm oil permits in peat hydrological units to be prioritized according to DG

“We are currently reviewing existing palm oil permits, and are certainly giving priority to the review of existing permits for concessions situated in peatland hydrological units."

Peat Agency Chief provides optimistic summary of agency’s performance

We have created indicative map of where restoration will take place in the 7 provinces as instructed by the Presidential Decree. This amounts to 2.26 million hectares of peatlands to be restored..."

All bilateral cooperation with Singapore being reviewed by Indonesian Environment Minister

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry has confirmed that her ministry is in the process of reviewing all bilateral cooperation, including both existing and planned future bilateral collaborations, with Singapore...

Peat restoration not as easy as flying automated drone, says Partnership Director

“If we just fly in an automated drone and then fly it out again once the job is done, all the work done will be unsustainable. Local residents need to be empowered. Peat restoration project is not like a drone..."

Potential long-term fiber supply shortage is APP’s business, says Forestry Minister

“What I’d like to make clear is that my ministry doesn’t have any kind of deal with APP to cover potential gaps in its long-term fiber supply plans should such gaps materialize at a later stage..."

Claim of ‘unauthorized activity’ by APRIL baseless, NGO concludes

“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 claim of 'unauthorized activity' makes no sense according to CSO alliance

“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..."

Ministry requests detailed explanation of APRIL’s claim of 'unauthorized activity'

“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..."

Entire process for new palm oil permits ended, confirms minister

“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..."

Minister points to Leuser Ecosystem moratorium in UN speech as proof of Indonesia's commitment

The Indonesian government’s commitment to imposing a moratorium on palm oil and mining expansion in the Leuser Ecosystem now seems completely set in stone...

Chief Security Minister congratulates parties involved in the Leuser Ecosystem palm oil and mining moratorium

The declaration of a moratorium on the expansion of palm oil and mining in the Leuser Ecosystem was met with congratulations and support from Indonesia's Chief Security Minister.

NGOs still not convinced by APP’s long-term fiber supply plans

A newly-released report by 12 international and Indonesian NGOs continues to request clarity as to the long-term fiber supply plans of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)'s existing and new mills.

Minister and Acehnese leaders declare moratorium on palm oil and mining expansion in the Leuser Ecosystem

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. 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...

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...

Fate of Leuser Ecosystem depends on decision made now, warns conservationist

Decisions being made now will determine the fate of the Leuser Ecosystem and all its iconic species. The Leuser Ecosystem has to be given full protection.”

Plantation fiber from suspended concession not to be pulp, warns WWF

“APRIL needs to understand that a license suspended by the government equates to a legally-problematic license. Obviously a company should not be making pulp from plantation fiber that comes from..."

Failure of APRIL's sustainability policy causes regret and dissatisfaction

“This situation leaves us with no other choice but to conclude that APRIL’s sustainability policy is a failure. In no way whatsoever does it ensure that either APRIL or its suppliers are prepared to improve their operations..."

Indonesian minister expresses appreciation for DiCaprio's concerns and readiness to work together

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Dr Siti Nurbaya, has declared her appreciation for the good intentions and sincerity of Leonardo DiCaprio after the Oscar-winning actor expressed his concerns that...

Major APRIL supplier reportedly in serious breach: Greenpeace demands legal action

One of APRIL’s major suppliers, PT SRL, has reportedly violated the Environment and Forestry Minister's decree freezing the license of this pulpwood plantation concession in mid-November 2015...

Wilmar and Musim Mas accused of just delivering 'talks'

The Mopoli Raya Group - ex-supplier to Wilmar International and Musim Mas - has accused the two palm oil giants of contributing nothing besides mere "talks" over the eight months since Mopoli Raya committed to stop...

Chief Security Minister gives strong support to detailed study of IPOP

“Yes, I think the announcement by Ibu Siti is very good. We do have to make a detailed study of IPOP, because if you look at the situation now, the influence of the palm oil industry throughout Indonesia and...

Minister forms IPOP verification team

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, signed a letter of assignment on Wednesday (Mar 23) establishing a team tasked with conducting a detailed study of palm oil sustainability policy and...

Agrarian Minister tells palm oil companies not to buy time in HCVF areas registration

“I want to ask the palm oil companies not to try and buy time. I’m appealing to them to register the HCVF areas in their concessions with immediate effect, so as to gain legal protection from the government. This is purely our concern..."

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 breaches its commitment to transparency, local CSO concludes

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...

Chamber of commerce chief issues strong warning against boycott of Indonesian palm oil

“We really have to fight against this. The imposition of a progressive tax is definitely not a solution. We need to be resolute in our opposition to this policy,” he stressed.

CIRAD says imposing higher taxes on palm oil was 'wrong action to take'

“Scientific evidence derived for long-standing partners in Indonesia shows that if the goal is to avoid deforestation and protect biodiversity, then imposing higher taxes on palm oil is the wrong action to take..."

Sustainable development not sole responsibility of producing countries, says coordinating minister

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...


IPOP originator vows full support for pledge

“Oh yes, we are one of the originators so we will certainly support it IPOP all the way,”...


Association chairman backs minister's move

"We support the plan of Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry to conduct an in-depth study of IPOP’s content. It’s important to avoid any confusion among Indonesian palm oil industry players and their stakeholders"


Owner gives full support to IPOP, “regardless of the headwinds against us”

“Asian Agri is part of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge. As such, we’re in full support of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge, regardless of the headwinds against us,” he said firmly and without any hesitation.


IPOP to adapt to Indonesian laws and regulations, not the converse, according to deputy minister

Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture at the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Musdhalifah Machmud, has reminded all parties concerned with the implementation of IPOP to wait for the results of a detailed study on...


New APP mill must avoid deforestation, Greenpeace warns

"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......


Palm oil giant responds positively to minister's move

The Musim Mas Group has declared that a decision by Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry to conduct an in-depth study of IPOP’s content in bilateral cooperation with the US government is a positive move...


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...


Indonesian govt freezes concession license of major APRIL supplier, half the size of Singapore

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...


Peat agency chief inspects peat fire blanketing local airport with haze

The Chief of the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency, Nazir Foead, has directly inspected the efforts to extinguish an ongoing peat fires in Sumatra's Riau Province. The fires is currently burning just 3 kilometers away from...


Insufficient justifications for Indonesian govt to support IPOP, claims association

There are insufficient justifications, both legal and technical, for the Indonesian government to support Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), says a palm-industry association...


APP removes conservation masterplan from website

On 10 February 2016, Indonesian Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, wrote to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to request that the company refrain from featuring the ministry’s logo and a foreword from...


IPOP Management conveys clear position in support of minister's decision

Executive Director of IPOP Management, Nurdiana Darus, has asserted that IPOP Management fully supports the decision of Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, to conduct a detailed study of IPOP...


Indonesian minister responds to Norwegian concerns

Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has said she regrets a recent statement by Norwegian Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen, which she claims discredits the Government of Indonesia...


Greenpeace says minister’s IPOP move commendable

Greenpeace Indonesia says that the move by Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, to conduct a detailed study on all of the elements of IPOP is a positive step that will help ensure that...


'Don't allow IPOP to become global farce'

Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) has generally come across as merely declarative, and supposing that the communication established by the parties promoting IPOP had been good from the outset, it would certainly not be…


Indonesia needs fiscal system resilient to impact of climate change, leading conservation group warns

The CEO of WWF-Indonesia, Efransjah, is of the view that Indonesia needs a fiscal system that is aligned with its efforts at adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. Such a fiscal system is of great importance to…


Budgetary governance by peat agency to be closely watched, activist group says

The issues of budgetary governance and the way in which the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency sets about achieving its targets in a substantial manner are to be closely watched, given that these two issues are considered…

Collaboration with communities for peat rehabilitation projects not be half-hearted, says palm oil giant executive

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…

IPOP should neither be uncritically accepted nor rejected out of hand, says minister

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...


'Indigenous communities must be fully involved in peat restoration work'

There is no other option but to clarify the rights of indigenous peoples in the peat restoration effort. This is very important to note because, to date, much has been done that obscures the rights of indigenous communities…


Honesty with facts on the ground is imperative, says Chief of Peat Agency

Nazir Foead, Chief of the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency, emphasized that in order for the Indonesian peatland restoration efforts under his leadership to be effective, his new deputies had to be honest with the facts on the ground...


Three factors key to success of Indonesian peat restoration

Indonesian peat restoration efforts being carried out in peatland areas burned by the massive land and forest fires in 2015 face a range of complex issues and challenges. Three factors, which will determine in a technical sense the level of success...


RAN: Two main things for APP to win marketplace trust

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.


Greenpeace: Quicker action required to achieve peatland restoration goals

Greenpeace Indonesia has stressed that the organizational structures of the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency should be quickly established so that it can soon start operations on the ground with a view to achieving its 2016 target...


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...


Indonesian govt must review its plans so as to mainstream emissions reduction efforts in forestry sector

Chairman of the Advisory Board on Climate Change to the Indonesian Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Wahjudi Wardojo, said he was optimistic about Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions, especially in the forestry sector...


Minister demands that APP remove ministry logo from conservation masterplan

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 stresses three priorities for new mill’s fiber supply

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...


APP says it respects government decision to suspend suppliers and vows to improve supplier practices

In an anniversary event to mark three years of implementation of APP's Forest Conservation Policy, one of the key issues raised was the 2015 land and forest fires that burned vast areas of land on APP-linked concessions...


US-based CSO says APP has long road to go before ridding itself of controversy

Responding to the third anniversary of the introduction of APP's Forest Conservation Policy, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a San Francisco-based CSO, said that APP needed a medium- to long-term...


CSO coalition raises serious questions over long-term security of fiber supply for new APP mill

The long-term fiber supply for one of the largest pulp mills to have ever been developed by APP, which is due to commence operations in the middle of this year has been called into question. An analysis by...


CSOs respond to Indonesian pulp and paper industry’s demand for special treatment

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...