2017-03-23

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.”
2017-03-20

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.
2017-03-17

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.
2017-03-16

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.”
2017-03-15

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.”
2017-03-13

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.”
2017-03-10

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..."
2017-03-06

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...
2017-02-27

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...
2017-02-24

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..."
2017-02-21

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."
2017-02-17

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.”
2017-02-14

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.”
2017-02-06

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.
2017-02-01

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?"
2017-01-24

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.
2017-01-23

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..."
2017-01-21

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.
2017-01-17

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.
2017-01-11

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?”
2017-01-09

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...”
2017-01-04

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.
2016-12-29

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."
2016-12-27

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."
2016-12-23

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."
2016-12-19

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...
2016-12-14

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.
2016-12-12

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..."
2016-12-10

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...
2016-12-08

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."
2016-12-06

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."
2016-12-02

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..."
2016-11-28

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...
2016-11-24

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...”
2016-11-21

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...
2016-11-18

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..."
2016-11-15

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..."
2016-11-10

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."
2016-11-07

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."
2016-10-29

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...
2016-10-19

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.
2016-10-11

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...
2016-10-03

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..."
2016-09-27

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..."
2016-09-01

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.
2016-08-29

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."
2016-08-07

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...
2016-08-01

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...
2016-07-27

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...
2016-07-23

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...
2016-07-13

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.
2016-07-10

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...
2016-07-03

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...”
2016-05-08

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..."
2016-05-06

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.”
2016-05-03

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..."
2016-05-02

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..."
2016-04-22

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.
2016-04-14

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...
2016-04-05

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..."
2016-04-01

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...
2016-03-31

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...
2016-03-22

APP breaches its commitment to tranparency, 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...
2016-03-17

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,”...

2016-03-15

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"
2016-03-14

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.

2016-03-13

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...

2016-03-13

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...

2016-03-11

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...

2016-03-10

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...

2016-03-10

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...

2016-03-08

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...

2016-03-07

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...

2016-03-06

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...

2016-03-03

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...
2016-03-02

'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…

2016-02-26

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…
2016-02-25

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...

2016-02-17

RAN: Two main things needed 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...
2016-02-17

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...
2016-02-12

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...
2016-02-08

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...
2016-02-08

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...
2016-02-05

US-based CSO says APP has long roang to go berfore 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...
2016-02-05

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...
2016-01-28

Indonesian minister gives green light to a detailed study of IPOP through bilateral cooperation

The Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya has said she would willingly study IPOP in detail as part of bilateral cooperation with governments of countries that...

2016-01-28

Wilmar claims to have made significant progress, environmental NGOs disagree

Singapore-based Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm-oil trader, claims that it has made significant progress with the implementation of its no-deforestation policy over the past two years...
2016-01-28

IPOP Management takes proactive steps to follow up on Indonesian govt policy

Since July 2015, Joko Widodo’s administration has provided legal protection to high conservation value forests (HCVF) located in palm oil plantation concession areas. This major step on the part of the government...
2016-01-28

Report reveals the majority of peatland moratorium areas to consist of palm oil plantations

Peatland moratorium areas, one of the products of the Norway-Indonesia Climate Change Partnership, have been shown by facts on the ground to be dominated by palm oil plantations...