Yesterday, a court in Banda Aceh, Indonesia threw out a case against palm oil company, PT Kallista Alam. The court case was brought by WALHI in November 2011. It took five months for the court to rule that WALHI should have attempted to mediate with the company before filing the case.
The forests on the Tripa peatswamp in Aceh should be protected. They are part of the Leuser Ecosystem. They are covered by a logging moratorium in Aceh. At least part of the forest was covered by the Indonesia-Norway moratorium. And they are habitat to the extremely endangered Sumatran orangutan.
Dozens of fires are blazing in a peatswamp in Aceh, in the north of Sumatra, Indonesia. Some of the hotspots are in a concession area belonging to a company called PT Kallista Alam. According to WALHI, the concession is in breach of Indonesia’s two-year moratorium. The concession is subject to an on-going court case.