12 Jul '12, 5pm

Despite moratorium, Indonesia failing to take action on illegal palm oil plantations via @mongabay

Despite moratorium, Indonesia failing to take action on illegal palm oil plantations via @mongabay

Map showing fires and forest clearing outside PT SCP's concession area in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Courtesy of EIA/Telapak Indonesian authorities are failing to take action against a palm oil company that is operating illegally in Central Kalimantan, alleges a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telapak. The report, published Thursday, says that authorities have failed to conduct a criminal investigation into the illegal conversion of more than 23,000 hectares of peatland and peat forest by PT SCP, part of the BEST Group, despite being provided with "sufficient evidence" to do so. EIA and Telapak say the dossier detailed PT SCP's violations of laws governing "land allocation, access to resources and environmental management." "This case clearly demonstrates the gulf between the rhetoric on reducing deforestation and the reality on t...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0712-eia-investigation-pt-b...

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