Category Archives: Peatlands and climate

APRIL concessions workplan declared invalid

  According to the web site Foresthints.news, 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 … Continue reading

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Peat communities demand the revocation of APRIL plantation permits

  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 … Continue reading

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The minister: APP is not seriously implementing peat regulations

  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 … Continue reading

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Indonesia on fire, paper and palm oil industry blamed

The National Agency for Disaster Management of Indonesia (BNPB) says that the number of fires in Indonesia have increased in June, especially in Riau province, Sumatra. Other areas that experienced an increasing number of fires were Jambi and West Kalimantan. … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s plantation lobby challenges environmental law

  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 … Continue reading

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APRIL concession lies in deep peat

  According to the LiDAR mapping carried out by the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency (BRG), one of the pulpwood concessions belonging to PT RAPP, a subsidiary of pulp and paper giant APRIL, located on Pulau Padang in Sumatra’s Riau province, is largely composed of deep-lying … Continue reading

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Too much hot air: paper’s climate change impacts in Indonesia

  A new report ‘Too Much Hot Air‘, details the shocking climate change impacts of the Indonesian pulp and paper industry through damage to peatlands, and highlights solutions in the form of ‘paludiculture’, with examples of good practice from local … Continue reading

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APP supplier caught doing illegal activity

In December 2015 the Indonesian President signed a new regulation regulation on peat protection. The regulation and the related implementation rules issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry forbid any new canal developments on peatlands. Last month, a … Continue reading

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After APP, also APRIL sanctioned by the Ministry

After removing the recently (illegally) plated acacia from APP plantations, an Indonesia’s Ministry of the Environment and Forestry high level inspection team visited the plantation of APRIL subsidiary PT RAPP and removed the acacia plants.  

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APP still under investigation in Singapore

The newspaper Straits Times report that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is still under investigation by Singapore authorities, as the company has not provided enough information to the investigating the fires and haze that affected Singapore in 2015. The authorities are … Continue reading

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