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.
May 2, 2018

TFT members linked to palm oil expansion in burned peatlands

Despite having made public the names of the palm oil mills from which they source, the supply chains of Nestlé, Mars, ADM and Bunge, all members of The Forest Trust (TFT), unfortunately continue to be linked with peat destruction...
April 30, 2018

Palm oil industry’s ability to halt deforestation in question

"The global community is increasingly questioning the palm oil sector about its ability to halt deforestation, deliver positive livelihoods and contribute to feeding a growing world population in a sustainable manner."
April 28, 2018

TFT agrees with Greenpeace but rejects claim of failure

...TFT is not in total agreement with Greenpeace especially with regard to the assertion that the palm oil supply chains of its members remain linked with deforestation and peat destruction.
April 26, 2018

Company behind palm oil expansion promises ground-check

It can now be confirmed, based on information obtained by foresthints.news from relevant sources, including local communities as well as employees of PT BSG, that the listed company in question is PT SSMS.
April 23, 2018

Palm oil expansion in LiDAR-mapped peat still undetected

Even more embarrassingly for the peat agency, these palm oil expansion spots are actually situated in the Norwegian-funded LiDAR mapping areas in the Sungai Kahayan-Sebangau peat hydrological landscape.
April 20, 2018

TFT challenged to clean up its members’ supply chains

TFT's open response failed to address exactly how many hectares of land have been subjected to deforestation and peat destruction by its members, from the time they became TFT members until its response was released.
April 19, 2018

Peat forest clearing by two palm oil companies halted

Two palm oil companies controlled by the CAA Group have been hit with strict administrative sanctions from the Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry by having their peat violation-related operations terminated.
April 17, 2018

Iceland, Greenpeace and GAR

...the engagement between Greenpeace and GAR has not succeeded in positioning the latter as a responsible palm oil industry leader. Moreover, Greenpeace should have explained this lesson learned to Iceland...
April 16, 2018

Minister: Iceland’s decision obviously unethical

"The decision announced by Iceland is a really unethical and irresponsible move which merely seeks to exploit orangutans for the company's rebranding efforts. This move doesn’t show the company’s concern for orangutans..."
April 13, 2018

RFN presents evidence of GAMA's irresponsible operations

The RFN-commissioned report, complemented by the news reports from foresthints.news, reveals that the operational activities of GAMA's PT GAN in both the older and new concession are practically identical...
April 10, 2018

No active business relations with GAMA, palm oil giant confirms

...now is the time for Wilmar, Unilever, Nestle, PepsiCo, Bunge, P&G, IOI, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars and others to follow in the footsteps of Musim Mas by also disengaging their supply chains from GAMA...
April 4, 2018

Global companies linked to new canal development

“Unilever, PepsiCo, Nestle, and their suppliers like Wilmar, have failed to respond to peat destruction like this, which currently represents a global emergency.”
April 3, 2018

Video depicts orangutan peat forests in recently sold Triputra concession

This video presents peat forests in Triputra Agro Persada sold concession, located in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya regency, which also contains the habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan.
April 2, 2018

2017 marks APRIL’s highest acacia fiber supply in 5 years

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...

Business group sells concession containing peat forests and orangutans

Triputra Agro Persada, one of the leading Indonesian palm oil suppliers linked to global supply chains, has recently sold its not yet developed palm oil concession, PT PWA, a significant part of which is still made up of peat forests.

New CPO mill constructed in targeted peat restoration site

The Construction of a palm oil mill by PT GAN, located in West Kalimantan's Kubu Raya regency is almost complete, delivering an extremely embarrassing lesson learned to the Indonesian Peat Agency (BRG)...

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...

Remaining Sime Darby HCS forests saved from targeted clearing

...the remaining HCS forests found in the Sime Darby concession, have yet to be cleared thanks to the suspension of the concession’s operations by the ministry, rather than to any commitment made by Sime Darby itself.

Acacia fiber supplied to APP’s OKI mills skyrockets 10 fold

OKI Pulp and Paper Mills began operating in 2016 by processing a very small amount of acacia fiber. By 2017, however, this new APP owned mill had already sharply increased the volume of acacia fiber it was processing by up to 10 times...

Two giants slow to cut ties with Papua deforestation

...both Unilever and Wilmar remain closely connected to the clearing of HCS forests in Papua, while also proving that these two giants have not yet been able to remove deforestation footprints from their supply chains.

GAR delivers deforestation-free supply chains to Papua

GAR, the world's second largest listed palm planter, has proved that deforestation-free supply chains are indeed attainable through what it termed ‘deep engagement’ with one of its suppliers.

Deforestation halted by NDPE policy but ongoing monitoring needed

What Wilmar and the Kencana Agri Group have demonstrated, by halting the clearance of HCS forests by their two palm oil companies for more than three years is an example of the consistency of implementing an NDPE policy.

Peat mapping seen as invalid excuse for restoration slowdown

“It’s certainly completely irrelevant to come up with this new excuse that the very slow progress in restoring 2015’s burned peatlands is because the Indonesian peat maps are not up-to-date and inadequate."

Papua's HCS forest destruction remains connected to Unilever

The supply chains of Unilever are still engaging with mills owned by PT ANJT, which continues to expand its new palm oil plantations by clearing relatively intact forests in West Papua province.

Unilever buying CPO from peat forest destroying mills

Two palm oil mills in question are found in Unilever’s list of mills whose palm oil it uses. This means that Unilever’s supply chains are directly associated with mills which are actively destroying Indonesian peat forests.

Unilever undeniably linked to removal of Bornean orangutan habitat

...what would truly represent a radical step is if Unilever decides to cut off its supply chains involving companies still engaged with clearing the habitat of the Bornean orangutan...

Palm oil expansion still ongoing in Indonesian peat ecosystem

Two palm oil companies owned by the CAA group are continuing to carry out deforestation and destroy the peat ecosystem for the expansion of their palm oil plantations in Central Kalimantan’s Pulang Pisau regency...

Palm oil company to rehabilitate Leuser’s elephant home range

After clearing forested areas within the Leuser Ecosystem spanning the equivalent of more than 400 soccer fields, a palm oil company has declared its commitment to rehabilitating the home range of the Sumatran elephant...

APRIL's work plan approved after alignment with new peat regulations

“After going through a very strict process, especially after the Jakarta State Court decision, the new work plan of PT RAPP was finally approved this week. Its substance is now aligned with the new peat regulations."

Photos highlight level of Bornean orangutan habitat destruction

An expanse of land in a palm oil concession (PT PSM), which is dominated by high carbon stock (HCS) forests and forms a habitat for the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan, continues to be bulldozed...

NDPE companies remain linked to destructive supply chains

If the five NDPE-adopting companies continue to act impotently by failing to take concrete actions, then their adoption of an NDPE policy is certainly questionable...

PONGO Alliance ineffective in ending clearing of orangutan home

It seems unrealistic to expect the PONGO Alliance to be able to put an end to the clearing of the HCS forests, which are also home to the Bornean orangutan...

APRIL submits proposed new work plan, gaps still exist

“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...

Ninth letter sent to speed up APRIL’s work plan approval

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....

APRIL’s largest supplier still committing peat violations

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...

Sanction against Chevron for environmental violations maintained

“The strict sanction against Chevron was intended to ensure that its operations are at a level of full legal compliance. This forms part of the ministry’s efforts to make sure the corporate sector is operating on the right legal track."

Minister cracks down on Freeport for environmental violations

“Freeport has been proven to have committed six categories of environmental violations, encompassing 48 separate items of violation. I have reported this to the President and he gave a clear order saying that Freeport must meet the terms of legal compliance."

Google Earth images reveal flawed WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping

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.

LiDAR analysis blunder viewable from trans-Kalimantan highway

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...

New evidence reinforces inaccuracy of WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping

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...

Majority of peat restoration funds still unused

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...

Peat agency LiDAR mapping omits evidence of burned peat forests

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...

Norwegian embassy implicitly confirms Cargill concession lies in peatlands

The use of the term ‘detailed peat maps’ implies that all the areas covered by the peat agency's LiDAR mapping - whose financing is supported by the Norwegian government - are indeed composed of peat.

Govt shares photos of Cargill’s new plantations in peat ecosystem

"We are studying the Cargill company's peat recovery plan. (However) it is not legally relevant for the company to claim that its concession is not composed of peat at the current stage."

Cargill develops new plantations in peat ecosystem complex

Cargill palm oil company, PT Hindoli, has been proven to have developed new palm oil plantations, in particular before its concession was incorporated into the peat ecosystem map legally established by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya...

Apical update confirms NDPE companies linked to deforestation

The Apical grievance update confirms that, as of the end of August this year, global supply chains, including its own, were still linked to the clearing of HCS forests and the habitat of the critically-endangered Bornean orangutan.

Six APRIL suppliers now given warning letters

“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."

Minister indicates dishonesty of APRIL’s management

“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..."

Five more APP companies have work plans approved

Another five pulpwood companies which form part of the supply chains of APP - one of worldrsquo;s largest pulp and paper players - have obtained approval for their revised work plans from the Indonesian authorities...

Authorities send forceful warning letters to two APRIL suppliers

“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."

Link between children’s education and acacia planting exposed

“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...”

APRIL loses legal basis for operations due to non-compliance

...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.

More NDPE companies connected to loss of orangutan habitat

It would be both ironic and bizarre if NDPE companies - having pledged to clean up their supply chains - were not able to dissociate themselves from the destruction of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat...

APP companies show compliance, get work plans approved

“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.”

Edible oils market leader linked to ongoing loss of orangutan habitat

In the event that Wilmar and ADM Global fail to do anything, global palm oil supply chains will continue to be linked to the destruction of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat.

FGV associate responds to NDPE policy issues

The FGV associate’s NDPE policy was weak in terms of its content, and thus ineffective in cleaning up the company’s supply chains, from deforestation and peat destruction in particular.

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.

FGV investments disregard cleaning up of supply chains

...FGV’s new sustainability policy doesn’t apply to the operations of its joint ventures in which it doesn't have a controlling stake and which remain linked to supply chains involved in the deforestation of HCS forests and new peat drainage...

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.

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."

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..."

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."

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..."

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."

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..."

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...”

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.”

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..."

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?"