Category Archives: Environmental rights

Pulp & paper industry: social impacts and little development

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 … Continue reading

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Local communities protests in South Sumatra: “Restoration, not amnesty for corporate crime”

While governments and companies meet in Pelambang, South Sumatra, for the Bonn Challenge Meeting, local communities representatives coming from areas affected by plantations, organised together with NGOs a parallel meeting in the city. Over 30 members of communities from areas degraded by industrial … Continue reading

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NGOs send a letter to Asia Pulp & Paper, urging reform of APP structures and practices

A group of nearly 60 Indonesian and international NGOs sent a letter to APP director, Linda Wijaya, to express their concern regarding a new possible supplier, PT. Bangun Rimba Sejahtera (PT BRS). According to a recent NGO report, the company has … Continue reading

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Proposed wood source for APP’s controversial OKI Mill sparks

A potential wood supplier for one of the world’s largest pulp and paper mills does not have the consent of local communities A joint investigation report released in English  by Indonesian NGOs titled “Local Communities Reject PT. Bangun Rimba Sejahtera, … Continue reading

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The land grabbed by Toba Pulp Lestari to be returned to indigenous people

Indonesia’s decision to return customary lands to indigenous peoples is a breakthrough for their rights and a boost to campaigners pushing for a slowdown in deforestation in the Southeast Asian country, a leading rights activist said. President Joko Widodo announced on … Continue reading

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Customary forest within APRIL sister company concession granted to indigenous group

President Joko Widodo granted part of the customary forests lying within a Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) pulpwood concession to an indigenous group as a symbol of the state’s recognition of customary forests in Indonesia. The conflict between indigenous groups and … Continue reading

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Brutal murder at APP concession

On Friday, Indra Kailani (23) of Lubuk Mandarsah was killed by security guards hired by Asia Pulp & Paper sister company PT. Wirakarya Sakti (WKS) in Bukit Tigapuluh landscape, Jambi Province, Sumatra. On the day of the murder, “Tebo Farmers … Continue reading

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South Sumatra NGOs monitoring FPIC implementation at APP new mill

South Sumatra environmental organizations published their monitoring report on “APP’s FPIC implementation on affected communities surrounding PT. OKI Pulp Mill”. Wahana Bumi Hijau (WBH), Sarekat Hijau Indonesia, Yayasan Bakau, and JPIK South Sumatra conducted monitoring on new huge APP’s OKI … Continue reading

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Deforestation is going on at APRIL concessions

A new report released today by Eyes on the Forest present the findings of a new field investigation at APRIL concession (PT RAPP) in Pulau Padang. The report confirms the findings by a joint field expedition organized by European, Chinese … Continue reading

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Nine government agencies support the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights to reduce deforestation

According to a recent press report, the nine main Indonesian government agencies concerned with lands and forests have declared their support for indigenous peoples’ rights. The Declaration was issued jointly on 1st September 2014 by the Coordinating Ministry of People’s … Continue reading

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