FGV de­nies deforestation claims in West Kalimantan

New Straits Times - - Business -

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

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