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Indonesia to Investigate Forest Concession

Source:  Copyright 2012, Jakarta Globe
Date:  April 17, 2012
Byline:  Fidelis E. Satriastanti
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Environment Ministry has said it will launch an investigation into the issuance of a plantation concession inside the Tripa peat swamp forest in Aceh province.

The ministry’s announcement came in response to findings by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation forest carbon reduction task force.

On Friday, the government-formed task force said it had evidence that palm oil company Kallista Alam had violated regulations in turning the swamp forest into a plantation.

The task force recommended that the Environment Ministry and the police further scrutinize Kallista’s actions.

“We will investigate if the company has properly conducted an Amdal [environmental impact analysis] or has other environmental permits,” Sudariyono, the ministry’s head of law enforcement unit, said at a seminar in Jakarta on Monday.

Even if the company did have a permit, Sudariyono said, the ministry would look into ...

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