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.
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.
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.