Blogpost by Zul Fahmi, Greenpeace South East Asia
More than two weeks ago, Greenpeace submitted video evidence documenting illegal ramin logs at APP’s Indah Kiat mill to the Indonesian authorities – both the Ministry of Forestry and the National Police. Today, the Ministry of Forestry notified us that it intends to visit the mill. Meantime, ongoing monitoring indicates that the company has been engaged in a rapid clean-up operation, removing ramin from its logyards.
In public APP has neither confirmed or denied whether there is ramin at its mill. Instead, it claimed that a ‘specialist team’ has been sent in to investigate the issue – two weeks quicker off the mark than the Ministry. The findings have yet to be made public.
Greenpeace’s year-long investigation confirmed that APP’s claims to keep illegal timber out of it’s supply chain do not reflect reality. Ramin was documented throughout the mill logyards. Now, the Ministry’s failure to act immediately appears to have given APP time to ensure that the evidence disappears. Continue reading