On 18-24 March 2013, the rescue teams from the Ministry of Forestry and IAR had rescued 4 orangutans from the Ladang Sawit Mas Ltd. concession area, a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri, in Ketapang, West Kalimantan province. Orangutans will continue to fall victims if land clearing activity does not stop soon.
Hardi Baktiantoro, Executive Director of COP states as follows:
“We figure that Bumitama is not seriously committed to protect Indonesian biodiversity. They fooled the rescue team in the field by providing wrong direction of orangutan translocation area. This Singapore-based company also indicates threatening the orangutans in Tumbang Koling and buffer zone of Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan.”
“Our report that was sent to the Ministry of Forestry to investigate the allegation of violation of the law committed by Bumitama, its consultant and contractor. The report was sent as well to RSPO office in Jakarta, so that Bumitama membership could be deprived from RSPO.”
In regarding to the Law No. 5/1990 concerning Conservation of the Living Natural Resources and Its Ecosystem, Article 21 (2) point (e): “Anyone is prohibited to take, damage, abolish, trade-in, store or possess eggs and/or nests of protected animals.” It states obviously and clearly that Bumitama activity, the company that registered in Singapore Exchange Ltd, will potentially violate the Indonesian law.
Bumitama is the member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) with the registered number 1-0043-07-000-00 since 8 October 2007. As the RSPO member, Bumitama should apply the Principles and Criteria for sustainable and eco-friendly palm oil production. It is obvious and clear that Bumitama has violated Principle 7: Responsible development of new plantings, and Criterion 7.3, it states, “New plantings since November 2005, have not replaced primary forest or any area required to maintain or enhance one or more High Conservation Value.”
“Enough is enough. It’s time Bumitama should be responsible.”
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