FGV denies deforestation claims in West Kalimantan
KUALA LUMPUR: Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) has refuted claims of deforestation at PT Temila Agro Abadi (PT TAA) in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
FGV said it had appointed a third-party independent assessor, via its subsidiary Felda Global Ventures Kalimantan Sdn Bhd (FGVK), to conduct verification on the allegations and reporting by Chain Reaction Research (CRR) and its partner, Aidenvironment.
FGV said PT TAA’s natural forest had been destroyed by forest fires in the 1980s and, in 1997, by continuous logging by logging companies and local communities before FGV acquired the land.
FGV has also complied with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil New Planting Procedure 2010 and procured all approvals from the Indonesian authorities in respect to the development of PT TAA’s land, which commenced in 2014.
Observations and measurements by the assessor showed that the buffer zone in PT TAA’s concession has not been damaged by land clearing and there was no encroachment in identified high conservation value areas. Bernama