ANTI-FOREST MAFIA COALITION

801, 2019

Shedding Light on Political Corruption in Indonesia’s Coal Mining Sector

Although Joko Widodo said publicly that “without proper management, Indonesia’s coal reserves will only last for the next 83 years” and “demand the responsible use of the resources”, his political actions and policies show no deviation from business-as-usual.113 The political corruption in coal mining is rampant, and its impact on people, the environment and the economy should worry all Indonesians. But there will be no significant change unless anti-fraud government agencies, such as KPK and the Ombudsman, watchdog NGOs, and the mass media work together to uncover and take action against corruption in the coal mining business. Several steps are needed to address political corruption in the coal mining business:

1508, 2018

APP and APRIL violate zero-deforestation policies with wood purchases from Djarum Group concessions in East Kalimantan

In recent years, global paper giants Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) have made heavily publicized commitments to have “zero deforestation” and respect for human rights in their supply chains. Yet official wood utilization reports compiled by the Indonesian government show that in 2017 both companies purchased wood from PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, an East Kalimantan concession-holder, which has cleared nearly 20,000 hectares (ha) of natural forest since 2013. APP also purchased wood from PT Silva Rimba Lestari, another East Kalimantan forestry company which has cleared more than 12,000 ha of natural forest during the same period.

3005, 2018

Removing the corporate mask

In 2015, following Indonesia’s disastrous forest and peatland fires, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) – Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper producer – denied owning or controlling two forest plantation companies in Sumatra that had experienced some of the worst burning. While acknowledging that PT Bumi Mekar Hijau and PT Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industries are suppliers of wood fiber to the group’s pulp mills, APP claimed the companies are “independently owned and operated.” Yet a detailed analysis of those firms’ corporate registry documents show apparent close links with the Sinar Mas Group, APP’s parent conglomerate.

604, 2018

Hentikan obral izin tambang untuk kampanye politik!

Jelang pilkada nanti, bukan cuma money politic yang harus kita waspadai. Tapi juga obral izin!

602, 2018

APP is not yet on a sustainable track and progress on its commitments has not been sufficient

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of APP’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), the undersigned NGOs highlight five issues that indicate the company is not yet on a sustainable track and progress on its commitments has not been sufficient.

1901, 2018

Coal-plant 35,000 MW:
Stop waste of US$26 billion on unnecessary coal power projects, urges major new coalition.

Jakarta, 19 January 2018 - A coalition of Indonesian NGOs, dubbed the ‘Break Free From Coal’ coalition, has called for nine planned coal power plants to be dropped from the power supply plan due to

2811, 2017

SVLK Violation: The Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition Files a Report on 7 Sawmill Companies in Papua

The Anti Forest-Mafia Coalition files a report on seven sawmill companies operating in the province of Papua for allegedly violating both the regulations of SVLK (Timber Legality Assurance System) and international timber trade. Despite having obtained timber legality certification (S-LK), those companies were found illegally collecting processed wood from natural forest areas.

1805, 2017

Private Gain, Public Risk: Guarantees & Credit Enchancement for Indonesia’s Coal-Fired Power Plants

An analysis—a collaboration between Oil Change International and Auriga—finds that loan guarantees for coal projects through 2017 alone could end up costing between $2.1 billion and $4 billion, and could rise as loan guarantees expand beyond 2017. Billions of dollars in additional risk is being created through business variability guarantees and by state-owned enterprises assuming currency risk in new coal power plant contracts.

1805, 2017

Indonesia Govt taking massive risk through subsidies to the coal industry

Indonesia's electricity plans are dominated by dirty coal-fired power plants, which not only create environmental problems, but also create significant financial risks for the Government of Indonesia and for Indonesian electricity consumers. Guarantees and similar policies that benefit coal power plants in Indonesia could result in losses to the Government of Indonesia that reach tens trillions of rupiah - billions of U.S dollars. These financial risks arise from a combination of risk insurance (guarantees) and credit enhancement programs for dirty coal electricity projects.

502, 2017

Oil Palm Bill: A Tool to Back Up Illegal Permit Holders and Forest Encroachers

Jakarta, 5 February 2017 - It is a wonder to look at how progressive are the policymakers when deliberating the new bill on oil palm (RUU Perkelapasawitan). The bill, included within 2017 prioritized bill just two months ago, has already been in harmonization process. Yet, if we look closely, the bill doesn’t seem like what it promises.