29 Jul '14, 2am

Palm oil company clears rainforest in New Guinea

An Indonesian Stock Exchange-listed company whose commissioner is a member of The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia's board has been clearing dense rainforest in New Guinea, finds a new report from Greenomics-Indonesia. The report, titled ‘Busy years’ ahead until 2017: Spending US 12 million on clearing Papua’s intact forest landscapes" , is based on analysis of data from Global Forest Watch, NASA satellites, Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry, and company documents. It finds that two recently acquired subsidiaries of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJT) — PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM) and PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa (PMP) — have cleared forest in South Sorong and Maybrat Regencies, located in West Papua Province, the Indonesia-controlled part of the island of New Guinea. While the clearing was conducted legally, it appears to have taken place in forests that would be off-limi...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0729-anjt-palm-oil-new-guin...

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