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24 May 2011
PT SRT, APRIL timber supplier clearcut HCVF in Tesso Nilo

PT Siak Raya Timber obtained logging license based upon decree of Forestry Ministry’s SK.20/BPHT-3/2009, 19 June 2009, covering an area of 350 hectares with potential timber of 28,970 cubic meter.

The area of PT Siak Raya Timber is located in Tesso Nilo forest block and it’s significantly potential for containing conservation value which is including one elephant pouch in Riau.

EoF considers clearance inside and wood sourcing operations by PT SRT has violated APRIL’s own public policy which pledged not to source timber from areas of high conservation value.

Due to PT Siak Raya Timber is a company affiliated to APRIL, the group should have a full commitment to sustainability and should comply with it before conducting an assessment or review of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF).

So far, EoF has not received any information that this company has conducted HCVF assessment yet. Since 2005, APRIL has committed to its buyers, investors and the general public to protect High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) professionally and independently identified following the stakeholder driven HCVF Toolkit for Indonesia.

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The area of PT Siak Raya Timber is located in Tesso Nilo forest block and it’s significantly potential for containing conservation value which is including one elephant pouch in Riau.

Tesso Nilo block is also a Sumatran tiger forest where concurrently contains an important watershed for more than 40,000 people living in the surrounding 22 villages. EoF also found land disputes occurred in the concession involving PT Siak Raya Timber against the local communities where takes place in the newly-logged area planted with palm oil plantation claimed by groups of people as theirs.

Considering the importance of High Conservation Value Forests, EoF calls APRIL to stop the forest clearance in this area and urges the group to identify HCVF in collaboration with stakeholders prior to starting to log any natural forest inside and /or purchase any felled timber from these or other concessions, in order to carry out its own public policy properly.

Download EoF Investigative Report on PT SRTUnduh Laporan Investigatif EoF PT SRT



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EoF is a coalition of three local environmental organizations in Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia : WWF Indonesia's Tesso Nilo Programme, Jikalahari ("Forest Rescue Network Riau") and Walhi Riau (Friends of the Earth Indonesia). It was launched in December 2004 to investigate the state of Riau''s forests and the players who influence it.
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