The report highlights South Korean company Korindo and its oil palm operations between 2013 and May 2016. In that period 30,000 ha of Indonesian forest disappeared due to systematic use of fire, directly contributing to the 2015 Southeast Asian haze. This report was released in 2016, and commissioned by Mighty Earth, the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements, SKP-KAMe Merauke and PUSAKA.
Korindo specialises in timber and oil palm plantations, and production of palm oil and forest products. Currently it’s the largest palm oil company in Papua. Their total landbank covers 160,000 ha located in Papua and in South Halmahera district in North Maluku. Korindo is also one of Indonesia’s largest plywood manufacturers and operates logging and wood processing operations in Papua, and Central and East Kalimantan. The company is majority owned and controlled by the Seung family
Aidenvironment research showed that between 2013 and 2016, Korindo cleared 30,000 hectares of forests in Papua and North Maluku, including 12,000 hectares of primary forests.
Satellite imagery show that fire was used for land clearing, which is an illegal practice according to Indonesian law. These fires contributed to Indonesia’s 2015 haze disaster, resulting in massive environmental and economic losses for the country. Between 2013 and 2015, no less than 894 hotspots were recorded within the concession boundaries of Korindo’s subsidiary companies.
Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) was not applied with local communities before Korindo started new developments on community land. Community members reported a loss of livelihoods and criminalisation of their opposition to Korindo’s expansion.
Palm oil traders suspended Korindo, because of violated of the No forestation, No Peat, No Exploitation( NDPE) policies.
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