APRIL’s subsidiary PT RAPP incurred in an administrative sanction for serious breach of toxic waste regulations. Despite the company claims to have addressed the problem, a recent supervision by the ministry revealed that the company is still not yet in compliance.
The Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister wrote to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to expressed disappointment in the lack of seriousness displayed by the company in its implementation of new peat regulations.
The government sent already several official letters (Jul 26 and 28). This time the Minister decided to write to the owners, Franky Widjaja and Linda Widjaja.
The new peat regulations has been issued by the government after the fires crisis in 2015, to prevent uncontrolled fires.
“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,” commented to http://www.foresthints.news/april-remains-in-breach-of-toxic-waste-handling-rules a high official in the ministry.
The minister has given the APP companies involved a deadline of between 10-11 August to submit revised versions of their 10-year work plans.
Palm oil and paper lobby groups have asked Indonesia’s highest court to strike down rules holding plantation firms strictly liable for fires that occur on their land, according an article pubblished on Mongabay. The groups have also asked the Constitutional Court to eliminate a regulation letting small farmers practice slash-and-burn techniques, the cheapest land-clearing method and a mainstay of indigenous cultures in the Muslim-majority archipelago nation.
Mighty Earth has submitted a complaint to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The complaint presents compelling evidence confirming that since 2013 Korindo’s oil palm companies have been responsible for clearing over 30,000 hectares (ha) of Indonesian rainforests in Papua and North Maluku. Last week, FSC notified Mighty Earth that their complaint was officially accepted for investigation. Their acceptance note stated, “With this email we would like to inform you that, after an internal assessment of the complaint submission (including the additional information provided and the related investigation report “Burning Paradise”), FSC International has decided to accept the PfA complaint filed by Mighty against the Korindo group.”
While RAN is voicing local communities affected by pulp & paper industry in Indonesia, the Environment and Forest Minister says that this industry gives a very marginal contribution to Indonesia’s GDP: less than 1%. Ran published last week an online gallery of photos and quotes to amplify the voices of inspiring Indigenous and frontline leaders in Indonesia, affected by pulp and paper plantations. The goal of this vibrant site is to hold pulp and paper companies responsible to their policy promises by amplifying the voices of those on the frontlines.