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Indonesia to investigate contested oil palm concession as governor loses election in Sumatra via @mongabay

Indonesia to investigate contested oil palm concession as governor loses election in Sumatra mongabay.com April 12, 2012 Fires in Tripa peatforest. Cortesy of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). A high ranking Indonesian official is investigating the controversial grant of an oil palm concession within an area of protected peat forest in Aceh on the island of Sumatra, reports the Jakarta Globe . Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of Indonesia's REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Task Force, told the newspaper he has asked the National Land Agency (BPN) to provide a map of the Tripa area so he can investigate violations alleged by environmental groups and local communities. Critics of the oil palm concession, which is run by PT Kallista Alam, say it was granted in violation of a national moratorium on peat forest conversion and i...

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