November 28, 2019
APP Sinarmas sets new peat fire record this year

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP Sinarmas) has exacerbated its poor track record in that the burned areas in one of the pulpwood concessions it controls (PT BMH) exceed those areas burned in all other concessions in Indonesia this year.
November 11, 2019
Haze-causing fires ongoing in APP concession

PT BMH, a controversial pulpwood concession controlled by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP Sinarmas), has frequently been the source of serious haze-causing peat fires. This year is no exception.
November 6, 2019
Govt: RSPO should question its own effectiveness

RSPO should assess its effectiveness as the sustainable palm oil certifying body, given that more than half of the palm oil concessions sealed by the authorities this year due to haze-causing fires burning within them are RSPO members.
October 31, 2019
Indonesian minister slices up APRIL concession for new capital

“I have reported this real progress to the President through an official letter (Oct 18) and also discussed it in person. The part of the PT ITCI concession to be used for the new capital does not consist of blocks that conflict with third parties."
October 28, 2019
Over half of elephant wildlife reserve burned

More than half of the Sumatran elephant inhabited Padang Sugihan wildlife reserve has been consumed by fires (as of Oct 27). The area burned totals in excess of 48 thousand hectares, equivalent to over 60% the size of Singapore.
October 24, 2019
Sinarmas concession burns on President's inauguration day

Another controversial lesson has been learned with regard to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP Sinarmas) after areas in one of its concessions (PT BMH) - one of the main suppliers for the OKI mill - were ravaged by peat fires once again, having also burned in 2015.
October 24, 2019
Sinarmas concession burns on President's inauguration day

Another controversial lesson has been learned with regard to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP Sinarmas) after areas in one of its concessions (PT BMH) - one of the main suppliers for the OKI mill - were ravaged by peat fires once again, having also burned in 2015.
October 17, 2019
Authorities make legal move against APP concession

Indonesian authorities, in the form of a joint force made up of the Police and Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, have announced that they are making a legal move against an APP-controlled company (PT RML) operating in Sumatra’s Riau province...
October 15, 2019
Londerang peat protection forest entirely burned

The widespread, haze-causing peat fires in the Londerang peat protection forest naturally raise huge questions given the efforts made by multiple stakeholders to recover the peat forests burned there in 2015.
October 10, 2019
New evidence reaffirms APP as haze producer

It is indeed regrettable that despite the significant efforts it has invested, APP remains responsible for 2019’s transboundary haze at a certain level, most notably during September this year.
October 8, 2019
Claim by APP's owner disproved by haze-causing fires

This claim from the APP sustainability report has unfortunately not been proven on the ground. On the contrary, APP still contributed to haze-causing fires at a certain level in 2019, as highlighted by two pieces of key evidence...
October 4, 2019
APP’s reaction to haze-causing fires dismissed

APP should not be looking for scapegoats by blaming the interpretation of satellite photos, especially given that the Planet Explorer image very strongly highlights how APP has failed to manage its concession, thereby leading to the recurrence of haze-causing peat fires.
September 22, 2019
Spreading peat fires in APP concession causing haze

There is a set of undeniable evidence that peat fires within and around a pulpwood plantation concession (PT WKS) owned by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP/Sinarmas) have been escalating...
June 18, 2019
APRIL preventing extinction of Sumatran tiger

The fact is that almost 75% of remaining relatively intact peat forests made up of Sumatran tiger habitat in the Kampar Peninsula landscape lie in APRIL-controlled concessions and its supply chains. This means that the pulp giant is having the greatest impact...
February 28, 2019
Peat forests being drained in APRIL-controlled supply chain

“Let’s see whether APRIL's claim of improved due diligence turns out to be true, especially in light of this case of ongoing peat forest draining involving part of the supply chain areas it controls."
February 25, 2019
Peat violations ongoing in absence of law enforcement

The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry is still not taking law enforcement action against ongoing peat violations being committed in palm oil and pulpwood concessions in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.
February 13, 2019
APP ecosystem restoration concession being canalized

New canals are being developed in an expanse of peat ecosystem in PT Karawang Ekawana Nugraha (KEN), a forestry concession for ecosystem restoration belonging to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) which lies in South Sumatra’s OKI regency.
February 6, 2019
APRIL ends acacia sourcing from HCS deforester

...APRIL is not prudent in implementing its sustainability policy, as it should not have been engaged with a supplier that was continuing to clear HCS forests in the first place...
January 17, 2019
APP expansion diminishes conservation zone

Not only has the APP-owned company PT Arara Abadi re-drained peatlands that have been recovering for longer than a decade, but it has also been found to be developing new acacia plantations in forested peatlands.
January 14, 2019
APP re-drains recovering peatlands for acacia expansion

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has been found to have exploited recovering peatlands, which were previously drained by the company more than a decade ago, for pulpwood expansion.
November 28, 2018
HCV signboards in pulpwood concession go missing

Two signboards constructed inside an APP pulpwood concession (PT KSP) in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya regency, marking high conservation value (HCV) areas, have been torn down...
November 14, 2018
Decision made over APRIL supply chain evidence

Following the disclosure of evidence showing that APRIL’s supply chain is still linked to high carbon stock (HCS) forest clearing in Indonesian Borneo, APRIL has given notice that it is taking immediate steps to clean up...
November 12, 2018
Fate of Bornean orangutan linked to APRIL policy

“If APRIL’s policy of sourcing acacia fiber from the open market isn’t immediately cancelled, this will result in the widespread loss of the Bornean orangutan’s habitat..."
November 8, 2018
APRIL supply chain still tied to HCS forest clearing

Singapore-based pulp and paper giant APRIL is still far from cleaning up its supply chain from deforestation, considering that as of today it is still purchasing acacia fiber from a supplier that continues to clear high carbon stock (HCS) forests...
November 5, 2018
Pulpwood company bulldozing Bornean orangutan habitat

PT Industrial Forest Plantation (IFP), a pulpwood company, is continuing to bulldoze Indonesian natural forests with good forest cover, classified as high carbon stock (HCS) forests, to make way for new pulpwood plantations...
October 22, 2018
Minister orders investigation of two illegal forestry cases

A third party has been caught red-handed illegally removing peat forests for palm oil expansion in an APP-controlled concession (PT KSP) by a law enforcement team (Oct 8) deployed by Minister Siti Nurbaya.
October 5, 2018
Bornean orangutan peat forests being burned, logged

The illegal practices do not only involve the use of parts of the location in question for palm oil plantation development, but are also targeted at exploiting the logs scattered among the peat forests.
October 3, 2018
Peat forests continue to disappear in APP’s HCV areas

The remaining peat forests lying in an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)-controlled pulpwood concession (PT KSP), which form part of an Indonesian protection zone, continue to be illegally cleared by a third party for palm oil expansion.
August 6, 2018
APP accelerating community partnership actions

APP has prioritized accelerating the implementation of its forestry partnership initiative by undertaking a community-based intercropping program in one of the pulpwood concessions it controls, PT BMH.
July 24, 2018
APP draining peat protection zone ahead of Asian Games

A pulpwood company controlled by APP has once again been found to be clearing and draining a peat protection zone to make way for new acacia plantations. These operations are taking place near to the site of the upcoming Asian Games...
June 21, 2018
Govt approves company’s new work plan, peat forest draining stopped

“The still predominant peat forests spread within the peat protection zone in PT MSL’s concession which have not yet been developed, may in fact no longer be developed into new acacia plantations."
June 6, 2018

AP news report on orangutan forest prompts response

...the majority of the land cover in this logging concession still consists of relatively intact peat forests. The facts show that the illegal logging operations - which if still ongoing must be stopped - only happened in a very small section...
June 4, 2018

Supply chain data highlights Greenpeace allegations against APP

By referring to a set of legal supply chain data from PT MSL and APP mills, Greenomics was able to divulge that there has been in fact no flow of mixed tropical hardwood (MTH) from PT MSL to the APP mills.
May 21, 2018

Peat agency calls for APP immediate restoration measures

“The peat ecosystem development (in the PT BMH concession), in particular the construction of new canals resulting in the drainage of the peat ecosystem, must be stopped without delay.”
May 17, 2018

Social forestry viewed as APP strategy for expansion

“APP has exploited this community-based forestry partnership as part of its new strategy for its new acacia expansion.”
May 15, 2018

APP prioritizes new acacia expansion in peat ecosystem

...As part of this new acacia expansion in the partnership’s location, the APP company has, among other things, also drained parts of the peat protection zone, including by building new canals there...
April 2, 2018

2017 marks APRIL’s highest acacia fiber supply in 5 years

The volume of the locally-sourced acacia fiber supplied to Singapore-based pulp and paper giant APRIL last year was the highest over the previous five years. This confirms that there was no disturbance...

APP addresses report on soaring acacia fiber supply

APP argues that the ten-fold rise in the acacia fiber supply going into its OKI mills last year was because 2017 represented a full year of operations, in contrast to 2016 when the new mill had just started up...

Acacia fiber supplied to APP’s OKI mills skyrockets 10 fold

OKI Pulp and Paper Mills began operating in 2016 by processing a very small amount of acacia fiber. By 2017, however, this new APP owned mill had already sharply increased the volume of acacia fiber it was processing by up to 10 times...

New work plan of APRIL’s largest supplier approved

After having a strict sanction imposed on it for carrying out peat violations in late December last year, PT SRL, APRIL’s largest acacia supplier, finally had its revised work plan officially approved...

Still only 40% of pulpwood companies have work plans approved

The 33 pulpwood companies whose work plans have been approved still only make up around 40% of the 87 companies required to revise their work plans to be brought into alignment with the new peat regulations.

APRIL's work plan approved after alignment with new peat regulations

“After going through a very strict process, especially after the Jakarta State Court decision, the new work plan of PT RAPP was finally approved this week. Its substance is now aligned with the new peat regulations."

APRIL submits proposed new work plan, gaps still exist

“In some parts of PT RAPP's proposed revised work plan content, progress can be seen. However, some other parts still need specific corrections, both legally and technically."

APRIL taught legal lesson by court defeat

At the conclusion of the court case, the sitting judges rejected the three requests in the APRIL company's petition, all of which were related to APRIL's opposition to the minister's move to accelerate the approval of a new work plan...

Ninth letter sent to speed up APRIL’s work plan approval

The minister's letter is the ninth such letter addressed to the APRIL company since May, all of which have been related to the ministry's efforts to ensure the APRIL company's 2017-2026 work plan is properly aligned with the new peat regulations....

APRIL’s largest supplier still committing peat violations

A ground-based inspection carried out by the ministry proved APRIL’s largest supplier’s practice of buying time by revealing how the company is still operating without a peat recovery plan...

Ground-check proves errors in WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping

These ground-check findings prove that a detailed analysis based on LiDAR mapping funded by the Norwegian government and under the coordination of the World Resources Institute (WRI) is both legally and technically erroneous.

Zero evidence of burned peat in Padang Sugihan questionable

The classification of almost all of 2015’s burned peat areas in the Padang Sugihan Wildlife Reserve as secondary peat swamp forests, of even a high and medium density, by the WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping team plainly represents an example of biased land cover classification evidence.

Minister emphasizes necessity of unbiased LiDAR mapping

The Environment and Forestry Minister cautioned that any mapping tool, whatever its name and including LiDAR, should still refer to land cover changes on a time-series basis while also encompassing a review of the government's legally-defined historical evidence.

Google Earth images reveal flawed WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping

The WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping - now proven to have significantly trivialized the magnitude of 2015’s burned peat areas - is plainly at odds with the President’s main reason for forming the peat agency.

LiDAR analysis blunder viewable from trans-Kalimantan highway

In fact, the blunder made in classifying vegetation as a result of the LiDAR mapping, whose implementation was coordinated by the WRI, can be seen from the side of the trans-Kalimantan highway...

New evidence reinforces inaccuracy of WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping

The new evidence confirms that the WRI-coordinated LiDAR mapping in Pulang Pisau regency involved serious errors, chiefly by ignoring evidence of 2015’s burned peat forests...

Majority of peat restoration funds still unused

Regardless of the various claims made about its performance accomplishments, the facts show that the actual performance of the Indonesian Peat Agency (BRG), as of mid-November this year, remained very poor...

Peat agency LiDAR mapping omits evidence of burned peat forests

A Norwegian-funded LiDAR mapping initiative, whose implementation was coordinated by the WRI with the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) as the main user of the maps it produced, led to a detailed but misleading analysis...

Six APRIL suppliers now given warning letters

“Peat recovery has a legally clear mandate, so there is no reason to disrupt it or for it to be disrupted. We’ll keep going ahead with this."

Minister indicates dishonesty of APRIL’s management

“I indicated very clearly that there were signs of dishonesty from APRIL's management. There is a tendency from APRIL to manipulate information, including information given to the Vice President..."

Five more APP companies have work plans approved

Another five pulpwood companies which form part of the supply chains of APP - one of worldrsquo;s largest pulp and paper players - have obtained approval for their revised work plans from the Indonesian authorities...

Authorities send forceful warning letters to two APRIL suppliers

“We at the ministry continue to make sure that pulpwood and palm oil companies, including APRIL and its suppliers, have legally-approved peat recovery plans in place. Those companies which fail to comply will of course have strong and measurable sanctions imposed on them."

Link between children’s education and acacia planting exposed

“We want businesses to have a responsible attitude towards children’s education. They shouldn’t just be thinking about how many hectares of new acacia have been planted while they ignore the educational fate of the children...”

APRIL loses legal basis for operations due to non-compliance

...PT RAPP, a Singapore-based pulp and paper company belonging to APRIL, has ultimately had its existing 10-year work plan, along with its 2017 annual work plan, declared invalid as a legal basis for its on-the-ground operational activities.

APP companies show compliance, get work plans approved

“I have already reported this update to the President, and his support remains firm when it comes to continuing with the implementation of an improved peat governance policy.”

Peat agency LiDAR mapping covers US company concession

“The peat agency needs to explain to the public why the Cargill concession is part of its LiDAR mapping, whereas APP-controlled concessions which were extensively burned in 2015 have not been prioritized."

APP’s business transformation not substantial, monitoring finds

“APP has clearly committed a grave violation. They have been proven to be replanting acacia in these peat areas which they have admitted themselves to be legally-recognized peat domes (HCV areas)..."

APRIL remains in breach of toxic waste handling rules

“The administrative sanction imposed on the APRIL company has not been lifted because the results of our supervision indicate that the company is still not yet in compliance."

Sime Darby company’s operations suspended due to illegal practices

“The actions of PT ISLM (the Sime Darby company) constitute a serious legal violation because illegal (forest) clearance outside of its concession is clearly not aligned with..."

Minister finds lack of seriousness from APP in peat governance

“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."

Global campaigner urges corporations to start monitoring with ministry

“Peat monitoring, including the continuing law enforcement actions by the ministry, needs to be appreciated. These are great efforts which most certainly send an extremely good signal to the international community..."

Minister reaffirms APRIL not aligned with peat governance

“There will be no compromises for pulp and paper giants such as APRIL when it comes to compliance with the implementation of peat governance. It’s now or never. That's the message from our minister."

Pulp & paper industry not to lack fiber supply in next five years

“However, within the next five years, the Indonesian pulp and paper industry will not endure a fiber supply shortage as harvesting in acacia-planted peat domes is still allowed. What is prohibited is replanting in peat domes..."

CAA palm oil company keeps expanding with peat violations

“I have instructed my law enforcement team to carry out an on-the-ground check as well as to take any necessary legal action against the palm oil company (PT AGL)."

Peat agency’s budget absorption level at 1.2% by mid-year 2017

The acceleration of peat restoration has undoubtedly been affected by the peat agency’s extremely low budget absorption level, particularly this year. The adverse effects of this situation...

Minister urges corrective action from companies in peat governance

“Concrete corrective action from forestry and palm oil companies is essential. Don’t bother giving solutions to the government which, in essence, only seek to sustain business-as-usual practices."

Decision on LiDAR mapping locations made solely by peat agency

How is it possible then for the peat agency to have compared the accuracy of its LiDAR data with, for example, the LiDAR data of pulpwood concessions under the control of APP...

NGO questions peat agency’s approach in light of LiDAR mapping

“The peat agency’s LiDAR mapping should really cover those concessions whose peatlands were extensively burned in 2015, amounting to hundreds of thousands of hectares, most notably pulpwood concessions under the control of APP."

Fire ravaged forestry concessions not covered by LiDAR mapping

The failure of the peat agency’s LiDAR mapping to cover forestry concessions seriously damaged by 2015’s peat fires means that the peat agency is unable to play any role whatsoever...

Ground inspection reveals APRIL fulfilling peat violation sanctions

“Of course we are appreciative of the compliance displayed by PT RAPP. They are a big corporation so they should be showing compliance and should not repeat any new peat violations."

APP’s new canal development proposal seen as strange by Govt

“On one hand they are saying that the operations will refer to APP’s FCP, while on the other hand they are proposing that the ministry authorize the construction of new canals in peatlands..."

Indonesia unmoved by US decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

“The Indonesian government is sticking to the Paris Climate Agreement. Indonesia does not rely on the level of commitment from any other countries, including the US."

Indonesian authorities conclude Sime Darby has committed violations

The Indonesian forestry authorities uncovered these violations after conducting a ground-check of two different locations in the Sime Darby rubber concession located in the Sumatra’s Belitung island.

Minister details role of peat governance in Indonesian GDP

“The ultimate goal of these peat governance efforts is to bring about healthy and good-quality economic growth, as opposed to economic growth tainted by peat fires which cause public health problems and disturb other economic sectors.”

Threat of conversion of HCVF areas in APRIL supply chains

“The legally-designated HCVF areas in APRIL supply chains need to be closely monitored so as to avoid any repetition of illegal practices in the form of forest clearing of those HCVF areas.”

Sime Darby required to end any further HCS forest clearing

If the rubber plantation development currently being conducted by Sime Darby still involves the clearing of HCS forests, this actually means that the Malaysian palm oil giant remains linked to deforestation practices...

LiDAR mapping confirms APRIL concession lies in deep peat

“Major parts of the APRIL concession on Pulau Padang are situated in deep-lying peat. The majority of peat in the concession ranges from more than 5 meters up to 10 meters in depth."

FSC warned to respect Indonesia’s new peat regulations

“The FSC should not end its dissociation with APP until this giant corporation complies with Indonesia’s new peat regulations, especially with regard to its operations in peatlands that have been designated as protection zones."

Greenpeace comments on new canals built by APP companies

“The last evaluation of APP’s progress showed that there were still many problems and issues for APP in delivering its commitments."

APP builds new canals the length of Bonn to Brussels

“Three APP companies in South Sumatra province have reported to the ministry through their annual reports, replete with maps, that they constructed around 200km of new canals in 2015-2016."

Verification proves paper giant company developed new canals

“The two coordinate points used by APP company in its letter have been found to be wrong. As such, the company’s clarification is inconsistent with the facts on the ground."

VIDEO CLIP: Environmental activist releases new single for forests

“The initiative for the song came after the declaration of the moratorium on the expansion of palm oil and mining in the Leuser Ecosystem. To be precise, it was three days after President Jokowi announced the moratorium in mid-April last year."

Minister reaffirms backing from President on peat reforms

“President Jokowi explained that environmental and economic interests have clashed for ages, to the extent that the government felt it necessary to try and improve peat governance. This commitment has not changed."

APRIL keeps option of plantation development in peatlands on the table

“New development in peatlands - in this case a new acacia plantation - regardless of whether forested or non-forested, is no longer allowed, especially since the release of the recently-revised government regulation."

Peat agency to revise roadmap by incorporating new peat regulations

"We should be grateful that Indonesia has this recently-revised peat regulation, as it forms the backbone for peat restoration and protection, in the interests of both the public and business..."

Early indications show APRIL to be compliant with sanctions

“Major business groups like APRIL and APP should be the leaders of business transformation, not involved in peat violations."

Pulp giant delivers progress report to ministry on waste removal

“The APP company has given us a progress report, which includes photos of their handling of this waste. The photos they submitted show that these huge stacks of waste have been cleaned up."

Stakeholders told about mistakenly-uploaded peat restoration roadmap

It is crucial for the (real) roadmap document to be made available so as to give all relevant stakeholders some insight into the peat agency’s restoration plans for 2016 to 2020.

First violator of new peat regulations caught red-handed in GSK landscape

“The facts are clear. The company has been caught red-handed carrying out peat violations. It’s impossible to defend companies like this which commit peat violations as if they don’t know...”

Ministry regrets baseless claim about unannounced inspection

“I have absolutely no knowledge of the report on PT MPK. Indeed, I’ve never even seen it or met with them to discuss any such report. The statement in the press release is really just an empty claim.”

Minister decides to review logging permit in Bornean orangutan habitat

“As a legal consequence of the designation of the majority of the PT MPK logging concession as peat protection zones, the permit granted to the company needs to be reviewed.”

Acacia removed in Kampar Peninsula after inaction by pulp giant

“Don’t even try to commit any peat violations. Also, don’t expect any tolerance from the ministry. There will be absolutely no room for compromise in this matter.”

Sanction imposed on APRIL for 2016 peat fires yet to be lifted

“This sanction is still in force and has yet to be lifted. There is still one more condition that has yet to be met by PT RAPP.”

Caught red-handed, APP company orders an end to burned peat replanting

When this important finding was uncovered, a top executive of PT BAP who was present at the scene immediately ordered his team to stop the development of the burned peat...

Most NGOs react strongly to poor level of paper giant’s legal compliance

“The mere fact that there were massive peat fires in 2015 in APP concessions indicates the failure of the FCP. Moreover, the replanting of burned peat shows that APP’s FCP actually involves..."

Symbolic removal of acacia marks new era of peat-related law enforcement

“This was not a sudden move on the ministry’s part. In fact, we gave the company two whole months to comply with our minister’s order. However, they never took any real action.”

NGO coalition raises concerns about bureaucracy, ministry responds with evidence

...any pertinent concerns about the acceleration of peat restoration should be directed at those behind the delay in the completion of the peat restoration plan.

Pulp giant company returns permit after uncontrolled peat fires exposed

“Did APP simply return the permit and afterwards neglect any responsibility it has towards peat restoration after the peat fires in the PT BMH concession?"

Second video reemphasizes untrue claims unhelpful in preventing peat fires

This second video from the ministry indicates that no real peat restoration interventions on the ground were undertaken by the peat agency over the course of last year in 2015’s burned peatland areas.

Peat agency falls short of professional standards by failing to cite key data source

“The peat agency needs to be fair and honest. It is obligatory for data sources to be provided, no matter what the publication, both in a legal sense and in terms of the principles of good governance."

Photos of 2015’s burned peat in pulp giant concessions reinforce President’s warning

President Joko Widodo emphasized that when it comes to law enforcement, there is absolutely no room for compromise on issues related to forest and land fires.

Video reveals threat of peat fires from targeted peat restoration areas

“The ground checks conducted by the ministry were intended to confirm the level of peat restoration interventions claimed by the peat agency in anticipation of peat fires in 2017..."

Environmental NGOs call on APP not to continue operations in drained peatlands

Mainly due to 2015's catastrophic fires, which largely derived from pulpwood concessions belonging to APP, a lot of pressure has been put on this pulp & paper company, including from environmental NGOs.

Govt cracks down on five more APP peat violators, bringing total to eight

The total number of APP companies ordered to remove all their newly-replanted acacia by the Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Minister, due to peat violations they have committed, now stands at eight.

Ministry criticizes peat agency’s misleading claims of ‘peat restoration interventions’

“Don’t give the wrong signals to the public. The peat agency should remember that it doesn’t need to show off by polishing its performance over 2016.”

Peat agency delivers zero action in hardest-hit concession, videos show

"...If PT BAP's concession, which contains the greatest area of burned peatlands, has been found not to have been touched for restoration by the peat agency, what about all the others?”

Benchmarks to evaluate peat agency’s performance defined

“Given that the annual peat restoration target in 2016 is unavailable, the evaluation instead focused on how many hectares have already been restored by the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency...”

2016’s peat restoration efforts leave critical lessons learned

“Legally speaking, it has been very difficult to measure the peat agency’s performance this year, given that the legal documents for the 2016-2020 peat restoration plan have not been finalized by the agency."

Ground level facts at odds with APP company’s letter of request to ministry

The ground inspection revealed the facts to be completely different to what was mentioned in the APP’s letter of request, in that burned peatlands had already been cleared and replanted with acacia.

Customary forest within pulp giant concession granted to indigenous group

“We have got the ball rolling in terms of recognizing customary forests by starting with these nine customary forests which cover an area of over 13 thousand hectares...,” said the President.

Govt rejects Singapore-based company’s proposals on peat violations

“The findings of the legal analysis and ground checks performed by the ministry clearly prove that PT RAPP has perpetrated peat violations. As such, we rejected the APRIL company’s proposals."

Pulp giant replanting burned peat must face full force of law, urges frontline alliance

“We really hope that the APP companies exploiting last year’s burned peatlands face the full force of the law, both administrative and civil as well as criminal."

Ministry official refutes report alleging burned peat replanting authorized

“I need to emphasize that what has been reported by is legally and technically incorrect. The reporting by is not based on the letter that I sent to the APP companies concerned."

CSOs back govt’s law enforcement efforts against APP’s peat violations

Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry has ordered three APP companies operating in OKI regency in South Sumatra province to remove all the acacia planted in last year’s burned peatlands...

Outgoing ambassador impressed by Jokowi’s climate change efforts

“The Jokowi administration has really impressed not only me but, I think, the world with its efforts at reform. I think the Jokowi administration with the President and Ibu Siti in front have made this..."

Two prominent NGOs disengage from APRIL’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Two key stakeholders of APRIL’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), Greenpeace and the WWF, have announced that they are suspending their engagement with the committee...

No peat restoration efforts across APP’s supply chain, concludes ministry’s monitoring

“As of early December this year, the ministry’s monitoring has led to the conclusion that no peat restoration efforts have been carried out in APP’s pulpwood concessions."

Govt punishes APRIL’s business-as-usual practices in peatlands

“The new pulpwood plantation being developed must be restored. This is the responsibility of the company. A letter to this effect will be sent tomorrow to the owner of APRIL."

Minister highlights key points of revised peat regulation

Minister Siti Nurbaya said that the key feature of the revised peat regulation is the imposition of a moratorium on any new land clearing in peatlands...

President signs revised peat regulation, ending business-as-usual practices

“We should be extremely grateful for President Joko Widodo’s leadership in terms of peatland protection which has been nothing short of extraordinary..."

Largest NGO says APP peat fires deliberately set for replanting purposes

Indonesia’s largest environmental NGO has emphatically stated that last year's widespread peat fires in APP's pulpwood concessions were intentional. Proof of this lies in the fact that...

APP under the spotlight as another company found replanting burned peatlands

“The results of the ground-check at PT BMH once again show that seemingly there were no peat restoration efforts made in this concession, just like with PT BAP..."

Govt takes tough line against APP’s continual exploitation of burned peatlands

“The ground-check showed that this APP pulpwood company continues to carry out land preparation and replanting of acacia in last year’s burned peatlands..."

Indonesian authorities reject APP landscape conservation

“Our ministry has made an official determination that APP’s landscape conservation is inconsistent with the country’s forestry and environmental laws and regulations."

Google Earth images demonstrate true extent of burned peatlands in pulp giant's concessions

...not all the peatlands burned in the Sinarmas Forestry pulpwood concessions in South Sumatra province last year are covered in the existing indicative map of burned peatlands.

Pulp giant company's work plan annulled due to plantation expansion in Kampar Peninsula landscape

Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment and Forestry immediately annuled the APRIL company’s 10-year work plan as the new expansion of acacia plantation blocks...

APRIL company’s newly-emerged work plan surprises NGOs but faces threat of cancellation

“If there are proven to be deviations in the legal substance of this work plan, it will be immediately cancelled. A decision based on the outcome of our verification process..."

Indonesian peatland restoration indicative map issued, covering 35 times the size of Singapore

“This peatland restoration indicative map is a concrete manifestation of President Jokowi’s great commitment to restoring last year's burned peatlands as well as saving existing peat domes."

SAC members ask APRIL to put Indonesian government decisions into action

WWF and Greenpeace have declared that APRIL must abide by the decisions made by the Indonesian government in the wake of the peatland violations...

APRIL in flagrant violation of its own sustainability policy, according to CSO coalition

"Of course we cannot accept what APRIL is doing. It is trying to use its 10-year work plan as a scapegoat for justifying violations committed by itself of its own sustainability policy."

APRIL subsidiary’s concession suspended as authorities await revised work plan

"The decision to provisionally suspend the operations of the APRIL pulpwood concession on Pulau Padang has been made. It will be in effect while we wait for the map on..."

APRIL proven to have misled the public regarding serious peatland violations

"We once regret the actions of APRIL in trying to mislead the public by claiming that their annual work plan was authorized by the government. This is blatantly misleading..."

Landscape level peat restoration to begin this year, says Peat Agency Chief

“This landscape level peat restoration consists of several concessions located in an extensive peat landscape, especially those under the control of one business group, which were afflicted by huge peat fires."

Asia Pulp & Paper denial shown to be false

In contradiction of the denial issued by APP stating that PT BMH is not a subsidiary of APP or the Sinarmas Forestry group, legal documents show that the company is indeed a subsidiary of the Sinarmas group.

Sinarmas Forestry company found guilty of unlawful conduct by High Court over peat fires

“At the very least, the decision of the Palembang High Court is appreciated because it declares that PT BMH did commit an unlawful act related to forest fires."

Ministry begins law enforcement phase against major APRIL supplier

As June entered its fourth week, Ministry of the Environment and Forestry began the law enforcement phase with respect to the harvesting carried out by APRIL major supplier while the company’s permit suspension...

Agreement with APRIL company cancelled by Forestry Minister due to irregularities

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Dr Siti Nurbaya, has decided to cancel a cooperation agreement between the Ministry's Riau Conservation Agency and the APRIL company...

Environmental group downplays effectiveness of peat agency

“If we place all our hopes with the peat agency, that would mean we are relying on technical issues that clearly are not going to solve the problem of peatland destruction..."

CSO network demands total end to pulpwood concession operations in peat domes

The CSO network reaffirmed that peat domes must be liberated from all operations of pulpwood plantations. These operations, it asserts, must be stopped completely without delay...

Peat agency lacks the guts to deal with pulpwood concessions, according to head of CSO

“We have seen consistently that the peat agency doesn’t have the guts to deal with these matters. As a result, it prefers to focus on peat restoration efforts outside of the concession areas.”

WWF urges peat agency to ensure companies refrain from replanting acacia in peatlands

“The peat agency not only needs to encourage reforms at the regulatory level, but it also needs to urge pulpwood companies to refrain from any more replanting of acacia in peatlands after harvesting has been completed..."

Greenpeace calls for peatlands in protection zones to be liberated from pulpwood concessions

“After harvesting has taken place in peatlands which are incorporated into protection zones, the pulpwood concessions operating there must be taken over by the government..."

NGO executive urges prioritization of efforts to fill up canals in peat domes

“The government needs to prioritize its efforts to fill up all canals found in peat domes in which acacia and palm oil plantations are operating and stop all operations in these peat domes.”

Potential long-term fiber supply shortage is APP’s business, says Forestry Minister

“What I’d like to make clear is that my ministry doesn’t have any kind of deal with APP to cover potential gaps in its long-term fiber supply plans should such gaps materialize at a later stage..."

Claim of ‘unauthorized activity’ by APRIL baseless, NGO concludes

“This claim of ‘unauthorized activity’ has been fabricated to conceal the company’s negligence with respect to its responsibilities. In actual fact, they (APRIL’s supplier) intentionally committed these violations.”

APRIL’s claim of 'unauthorized activity' makes no sense according to CSO alliance

“APRIL’s explanation doesn’t make any sense. Even if a company has its permit suspended, it is not allowed to simply relinquish all responsibility for the control of its concession area. How is it possible that..."

Ministry requests detailed explanation of APRIL’s claim of 'unauthorized activity'

“We will be sending a letter to APRIL's supplier requesting a detailed explanation of what is meant by 'unauthorized activity', including an explanation about certain developments stemming from its report..."

NGOs still not convinced by APP’s long-term fiber supply plans

A newly-released report by 12 international and Indonesian NGOs continues to request clarity as to the long-term fiber supply plans of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)'s existing and new mills.

Indonesian Environment Minister reprimands Singapore for comments

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has reminded her colleague, the Singaporean Minister of the Environment, that he should refrain from making too many comments about Indonesia with regard to land and forest fire issues.

Operations of another APRIL supplier suspended over forest fires

Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has suspended the operations of PT Rimba Lazuardi (RL), one of APRIL’s long-term suppliers located in Sumatra's Riau province, as the company...

Pulp and paper industry warned away from community plantation forest program

The Secretary General of Indonesia's Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, Bambang Hendroyono, has said that the community plantation forest program is in no way intended to meet the shortfall in plantation fiber for pulp and paper...

APP breaches its commitment to transparency, local CSO concludes

APP’s plan to ramp up the annual production capacity of its new OKI mill from 2 million to 2.8 million tons constitutes a violation of the company’s commitment to transparency in implementing its forest conservation policy...

New APP mill must avoid deforestation, Greenpeace warns

"The plan to boost the annual production capacity of the OKI mill must comply with the committments already made by APP as part of its forest conservation policy," Yuyun Indradi, Greenpeace Indonesia spokeperson, told


WWF concerned APP will revert to old ways

"We are not convinced that the raw material supply for the OKI mill will be sufficient. Even before it was announced that the annual production capacity of the new APP mill would be increased, we already had serious doubts...


Indonesian govt freezes concession license of major APRIL supplier, half the size of Singapore

In the middle of November 2015, the Indonesia's Minister of the Environment and Forestry froze the license of a large concession block belonging to a major supplier of APRIL, totaling more than 38,000 hectares...


APP removes conservation masterplan from website

On 10 February 2016, Indonesian Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, wrote to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to request that the company refrain from featuring the ministry’s logo and a foreword from...

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APP fails the grade, according to Forest Peoples Programme
A major question continues to hang over Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)’s long-term wood supply as the commencement of its new paper mill’s operations in Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) in South Sumatra draws nearer...


APP fails the grade, according to Forest Peoples Programme

Three years after the launch of APP's Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) – which was introduced at the beginning of February 2013 – the company’s lack of progress in implementing the policy continues...

Minister demands that APP remove ministry logo from conservation masterplan

Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has written to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)'s Managing Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Aida Greenbury, demanding that...

APP stresses three priorities for new mill’s fiber supply

APP continues to face questions from CSOs and international observers about the long-term fiber supply to its new OKI mill in South Sumatra, which is set to be the largest in Asia with an expected pulp production...

APP says it respects government decision to suspend suppliers and vows to improve supplier practices

In an anniversary event to mark three years of implementation of APP's Forest Conservation Policy, one of the key issues raised was the 2015 land and forest fires that burned vast areas of land on APP-linked concessions...

CSO coalition raises serious questions over long-term security of fiber supply for new APP mill

The long-term fiber supply for one of the largest pulp mills to have ever been developed by APP, which is due to commence operations in the middle of this year has been called into question. An analysis by...

CSOs respond to Indonesian pulp and paper industry’s demand for special treatment

The Indonesian pulp and paper industry has asked the Indonesian government for various additional facilities, such as tax holiday and a relaxation of the regulatory regime...

Jokowi keeps his promise to take over burned areas located in forestry concessions

President Jokowi has kept his promise to the public of taking over areas scorched by the massive fires that burned forests and other land in 2015, in particular those areas situated throughout forestry concessions...