Palm oil giant FGV will ‘endeavor to rehabilitate’ peatlands it trashed in Borneo

first_imgBanner image: A cleared peat swamp forest on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Certification, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Environment, Environmental Crime, Forestry, Palm Oil, Peatlands, Plantations, Reforestation, Restoration, Rspo, Zero Deforestation Commitments center_img About a year ago, Felda Global Ventures promised to stop clearing rainforests and peatlands to make way for its oil palm estates.This year, though watchdogs reported that the company had continued to clear over 1,000 hectares of forest and peat in Indonesian Borneo, violating not only its green pledge but also its obligations as a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), as well as a new government regulation.Last month, FGV renewed its commitment and said it would try to rehabilitate the peatlands it planted since August 2016. JAKARTA — After a year in which it destroyed over 1,000 hectares of peat swamp forest in violation of its own sustainability policy, palm oil giant Felda Global Ventures said it would “endeavor to rehabilitate” the damaged lands in Indonesian Borneo.In August 2016, FGV promised to stop clearing rainforests and swampy peatlands. But on the ground, it continued to plow through the carbon-rich environments, creating space for its oil palm plantations.In doing so, FGV violated not only its own green pledge, but also its obligations as a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest association for ethical production of the commodity, found in everything from chocolate to laundry detergent.“This is the first time a palm oil company has been forced by its customers to restore the forest it cleared,” Greenpeace Southeast Asia forest campaigner Bagus Kusuma said in a statement.FGV, which calls itself the world’s largest palm oil producer, is listed on the Bursa Malaysia, while the Malaysian government holds a one-third stake.FGV’s transgressions had been highlighted by watchdogs Greenpeace and Chain Reaction Research in April and July. Two of FGV’s Indonesian units — PT Temila Agro Abadi (TAA) and, to a far lesser extent, PT Citra Niaga Perkasa (CNP), both in Landak district, West Kalimantan province — had cleared over 1,000 hectares (3.86 square miles) of forest and peat since August 2016, according to the reports.Satellite images of PT Temila Agro Abadi’s concession in Landak district, West Kalimantan. Image courtesy of Aidenvironment Asia.Following these findings, FGV said in a statement last month that it had “permanently discontinued…the land development work” in both concessions, and amended its previous sustainability policy by promising not to develop peat “irrespective of when the lands are acquired or owned by FGV group.” That means it won’t clear peat in areas it was licensed to develop before it issued the commitment.FGV also said it would “endeavor to rehabilitate” the peatlands it had planted since it issued the commitment in August 2016.It did not note the extent of area it intends to restore, but Eric Wakker, a member of the Chain Reaction Research team, said the company had cleared over 1,000 hectares since then.The land clearing appears to have violated not only FGV’s own policy but also that of the RSPO. FGV joined the association last December.“In respect of the peat lands which have been developed at PT TAA and PT CNP, FGV will use RSPO’s land rehabilitation guideline as guidance and will consult Indonesia’s Peat Restoration Agency on the course of actions to be taken to implement the rehabilitation program,” the company said.Wakker, who is also director of corporate sustainability transformation at environmental consultancy Aidenvironment Asia, called it “the most ambitious peat rehabilitation commitment made by any RSPO member so far.”“The company must however realize that this commitment is easier made than fulfilled. With everyone’s eyes on this case, the pressure is on,” he wrote in an email.A peatland cleared by a plantation company in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Greenpeace called on the companies that buy palm oil from FGV — including refiners Wilmar International and Musim Mas, and consumer goods giant Unilever — to halt their purchases until the Malaysian firm provides “credible proof” that restoration is underway.“Making commitments is the easy part,” Greenpeace’s Kusuma said. “[FGV] must now draw up and implement a time-bound action plan to deliver on today’s promises.”The RSPO is investigating the allegations against FGV, according to RSPO communications chief Stefano Savi.“The case is still being deliberated upon…and an on-site verification is in the plans at the moment,” Savi wrote in an email. “The complaints desk and the technical team are in discussion with FGV in taking this matter forward.”RSPO members that break the rules of the association are supposed to pay compensation, although no system has ever been worked out for implementing that, despite the raft of violations.Chain Reaction Research expressed optimism that FGV would become the first palm oil company to have to do so, it said in a statement.Since last December, the Indonesian government has also banned all new development of peatlands, to prevent another disastrous outbreak of haze-causing wildfires. Wakker said the government had been notified about the allegations against FGV.On the sidelines of an event in Jakarta, Bambang Hendroyono, secretary general of the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, did not indicate he was aware of the case, but said he was committed to ensuring that plantation companies abide the rules.“No matter who does it or where it happens, our stance is clear: to comply with our peatland regulation,” he said last week. Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more