A major Palm oil company has just been charged with illegal forest destruction.
Earlier this week, Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a palm oil company, PT Kallista Alam, which was found guilty of illegally burning over 1,000 hectares of the Tripa peat swamp forests in Sumatra, part of the Leuser Ecosystem.
The company has been fined more than USD $25 million, a verdict that many hope will set a precedent for law enforcement against companies involved in environmental destruction. A large proportion of the fine will be used to restore the ecosystem.
The verdict comes as Sumatra and surrounding areas are shrouded in a thick haze, caused by illegal forest fires. The Environment and Forestry Ministry are stepping up legal action against the plantation companies behind the raging fires.
Ninety percent of the world’s palm oil is grown in Indonesia, which also has the world’s highest rate of deforestation—more than 2 million acres of rainforest are cleared every year. Including in the Leuser Ecosystem. The Leuser Ecosystem is a unique habitat, vital for to the continued life of many endangered species and people. Help support it being saved here: RAN.ORG
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