The Medan State Administrative Court has instructed Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah to revoke a controversial oil palm concession in the Tripa peat swamp in Aceh province. This legal decision could signify an important breakthrough in stopping Indonesia’s forest destruction.
“Forests are so dear to my heart,” said Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in September 2011. In the same speech, he said he would dedicate the next three years to protecting Indonesia’s forests. So why are the Tripa peat swamp forests in Aceh still burning to make way for oil palm plantations?
Today, Indonesia’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is giving a policy address at CIFOR on the theme “Forests in the Future We Want”. He’s painting a rosy picture of the way Indonesia has addressed the problems that the forest sector caused in the past.
“Now is the time for action not words here in Tripa. To destroy one of the last great areas of peat swamp forest in Sumatra is an act of criminal vandalism.” That was written in 2008, but if anything, it’s even more relevant today than it was then.
Indonesia’s Environment Ministry has announced that it will conduct an investigation into the awarding of an oil palm concession in the Tripa peastswamp forest in Aceh province in Indonesia.