2017-07-21

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.
2017-07-18

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..."
2017-07-06

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...
2017-07-05

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.
2017-06-27

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."
2017-06-10

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."
2017-06-03

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."
2017-05-31

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.
2017-05-29

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.”
2017-05-06

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."
2017-05-02

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."
2017-04-25

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..."
2017-04-13

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..."
2017-04-10

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.
2017-04-05

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...”
2017-03-31

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.”
2017-03-29

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.”
2017-03-27

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.
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.”
2017-03-13

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...
2017-02-06

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.
2017-01-30

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.
2017-01-26

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."
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.
2017-01-16

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.”
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...”
2017-01-06

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."
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."
2016-12-04

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...
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...”
2016-11-22

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.
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."
2016-11-03

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...
2016-11-01

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..."
2016-10-26

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...
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..."
2016-09-21

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."
2016-09-07

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..."
2016-09-03

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."
2016-08-19

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.
2016-08-15

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...
2016-08-12

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...
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...
2016-07-23

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...
2016-07-19

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."
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...”
2016-06-23

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.
2016-03-21

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.
2016-03-19

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

“Scientific evidence derived from 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..."
2016-03-18

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...

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...

2016-03-06

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...

2016-02-26

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...
2016-02-02

Reducing emissions does not depend solely on land-use and forestry issues, says Indonesian coordinating minister

Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution says that reducing emissions does not depend solely on land-use and forestry issues, but also other sectors such as energy, transportation and industry.
2016-01-28

Taking over burned areas will send wrong signals to market, Indonesian palm oil association says

President Joko Widodo recently formed the Indonesian Peatland Restoration Agency in an effort to restore roughly 2 million hectares of burned peatland. Furthermore, the Indonesian government also plans to pursue a policy...
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...