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Green groups may call for boycott of Indonesian palm oil over forest destruction in Sumatra via @mongabay

Green groups may call for boycott of Indonesian palm oil over forest destruction in Sumatra mongabay.com April 11, 2012 Sumatran orangutan. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Environmental groups are escalating their battle over an area of peat forest in Tripa, Sumatra that has been granted for oil palm plantations. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), an initiative run jointly by the Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari and the PanEco Foundation, says that unless the government suspends the contested plantation permits and prosecutes the "rogue companies" operating in the area, it will push for a suspension of Norway's billion dollar aid package for Indonesia's forests and a global moratorium on Indonesian palm oil that hasn't been certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). SCOP is also demanding international rejection of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0411-socp_tripa_battle_call...

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