06 Sep '12, 5pm

Controversial palm oil license issued in Indonesian orangutan forest revoked

Controversial palm oil license issued in Indonesian orangutan forest revoked

mongabay.com September 06, 2012 Tripa peat fires. Courtesy of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program An Indonesian court has instructed the governor of Aceh province to revoke a controversial license owned by a palm oil company accused of destroying orangutan habitat and carbon-rich peatlands on the island of Sumatra, reports The Jakarta Post . The permit allowing PT Kallista Alam to establish a 1,605-hectare plantation in the Tripa peat swamp is controversial because it violated a country-wide moratorium on new concessions in peatlands and primary forests issued in 2011 by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. It was granted by the former Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf more than three months after the moratorium went into effect. A local environmental group — the Aceh chapter Walhi — filed suit against PT Kallista Alam and the Aceh government to test the centra...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0906-tripa-revoked.html

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