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Jakarta Post

RAPP alleged to have converted peatland

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Thu, September 8 2016   /  08:57 am

Despite the government’s order for companies not to convert peatland into plantation areas, the country’s leading pulp and paper company PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) has allegedly converted peatland in their concession area into an acacia plantation.

Previously, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had ordered companies not to convert peatland pending mapping by the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) to see if particular areas were in protected or in production zones.

However, during his impromptu visit on Monday, BRG head Nazir Foead found that parts of RAPP’s concession area on Padang Island, Meranti Islands regency, Riau, had been converted into acacia plantations.

“We have summoned the chief executives of the company. They will come on Friday,” Nazir told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

The company’s chief executives are Tony Wenas, presid...