Thursday, 09 November 2017 17:55


An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reveals that APRIL has shuffled billions of dollars through a web of offshore companies. Big banks such as Credit Suisse and ABN Amro have continued to lend to April’s offshore subsidiaries despite environmentalists’ concerns and the banks’ own sustainability policies. 
The leaked documents, known as the Paradise Papers, were obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and 94 other media partners.
Here follow the full article published in the ICIJ website
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:34


According to the web site, the Environment and Forestry minister Siti Nurbaya decided to declare invalid the forest permits of PT. RAPP,  the biggest subsidiary and plantation company of APRIL.
The reason is that the company failed to review its 10-year work plan, and its 2017 annual work plan to comply with the new peat regulations, despite a number of letters and warnings from the Indonesian authorities. Consequently, the company lost the legal basis for its forest operational activities.
For instance, the APRIL company’s legal documents state that 70% of its concession in the Pelalawan estate - the estate in the Kampar Peninsula landscape inspected by the Ministry’s Law Enforcement Director General - consists of deep peat which usually constitutes peat domes.

However, a LiDAR mapping-based analysis conducted by Deltares (2015) revealed that almost all of APRIL concessions in the Kampar Peninsula landscape, including Pelalawan estate, are comprised of deep peat.

According to the same source, the Ministry found APP companies in compliance with the regulations and had their work plans approved. In the past moths the ministry sent o number of warnings to APP too, but apparently an agreement has been found.


Monday, 09 October 2017 16:21


The Government Regulation (PP) 57 of 2016 on the Protection and Management of Peat Ecosystems regulates peatland management, identifies peatland that need to be protected and other peat areas still suitable fo productive functions.  In Riau, the majority of the industrial pulpwood plantations (also called HTI) areas are located n peatlands of high hydrological value, that require the protection status. This is especially the case  for the plantation licenses located alongside the coast and in the small peat islands, where the peat often more than three meters deep. 

Friday, 11 August 2017 09:58

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.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:03


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 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.


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