Global Witness goes undercover to investigate the growing threat facing Papua New Guinea’s communities and tropical forests from palm oil companies driving widespread deforestation and human rights abuses.
Research by Sarawak Report has revealed unreported ownership by the Sultan of Selangor of a key company behind the state’s hugely controversial decision to de-gazette a swathe of protected forest at Kuala Langat.
Members of the Auyu tribe of Papua, Indonesia, are demanding a halt to the operations of palm oil company PT Indo Asiana Lestari (IAL), which appears to be gearing up to clear their ancestral forests. IAL’s concession is part of the Tanah Merah megaproject that is already dogged by allegations that key operating permits have been falsified.
Les 150 000 ha seront scindés en deux concessions voisines de la plantation d’huile de palme de l’agro-industriel Greenfil Palm Plantation Ltd qui, avec une assistance technique française et malaisienne, a défriché plus de 1700 ha depuis 2017.
A spokesperson for Malaysian palm oil giant, Sime Darby, who labelled NGO critics as ‘toxic entities’ and called on the government to suppress them, has sparked fury among civil society groups all around the tropics.