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Green groups may call for boycott of Indonesian palm oil over forest destruction in Sumatra

Source:  Copyright 2012, Mongabay
Date:  April 11, 2012
Byline:  Rhett Butler
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Environmental groups are escalating their battle over an area of peat forest in Tripa, Sumatra that has been granted for oil palm plantations.

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), an initiative run jointly by the Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari and the PanEco Foundation, says that unless the government suspends the contested plantation permits and prosecutes the "rogue companies" operating in the area, it will push for a suspension of Norway's billion dollar aid package for Indonesia's forests and a global moratorium on Indonesian palm oil that hasn't been certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). SCOP is also demanding international rejection of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification scheme, which compels Indonesian palm oil companies to abide by Indonesian laws. SCOP says ISPO certification clearly falls short if it includes PT Kallista Alam, which it says is illegally clearing deep peat and protected forest in Tripa. ...

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