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Jan 10, 2014

Aceh, Indonesia: GOOD NEWS (but)! Palm oil company Kallista Alam fined $30M for destroying forests

photo from Earth4Orangutans

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Excerpts:

Deforestation has left several of Indonesia’s best-known animal species at risk of extinction, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and orangutans, all of which live in Aceh. Forest loss has also increased social conflict in some areas, especially places with forest-dependent populations.
Although Kallista Alam is expected the appeal the decision, the company still faces additional civil and criminal cases. According to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, four other palm oil companies operating in Tripa run the risk of prosecution.
And
sadly,
While the developments in Aceh are headline-grabbing, there are still questions whether the judgments will be ultimately enforced. Courts have levied tens of billions of dollars in fines against logging, pulp and paper, mining, and palm oil companies in Sumatra in recent years, but only a tiny fraction of the penalties have ever been paid. Cases may be held up for years by appeals or quietly dropped. Prosecutors are shuffled between agencies, companies change names and laws shift.

Similar coverage of this news may be found at:

http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/pr-tripa-090114.html

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