03 May '12, 10pm
Indonesia's Environment Ministry to sue APP, APRIL in $225B illegal logging case via @mongabay
Riau Province, Indonesia. Courtesy of Google Maps. Indonesia's Ministry of Environment is planning to sue 14 pulp and paper companies for illegally logging forests in Riau Province on the island of Sumatra, reports Tempo . 12 of the 14 companies are linked to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asian Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), pulp and paper giants that have been heavily criticized by environmentalists for destroying rainforests and peatlands that serve as critical habitat for endangered tigers, elephants, and orangutans. According to Tempo , the Ministry of Environment is preparing a civil suit against companies named in a 2007 illegal logging case that was closed in late 2008 under pressure from officials with the National Police. Damages in the case are estimated at 2,067 trillion rupiah ($225 billion) based on figures from the Judicial Mafia Erad...