Company linked to APP cuts down natural forest, drains high-carbon peatlands in Borneo
Deforestation map and drone shots taken between 2014 and 2017 in MSL concession area, West Kalimantan. These show the destruction of natural forest on drained peatlands and development of an acacia plantation.
PT Muara Sungai Landak (MSL), the concession holder, is linked to Asia Pulp & Paper and its parent conglomerate, Sinar Mas Group, according to an investigation by the Associated Press published in December 2017. APP stated in response to the Associated Press investigation: “MSL is not a supplier to APP and has no business relations with APP.”
Following the Associated Press investigation, Greenpeace launched its own investigation that confirmed the Associated Press’ findings, and the conservation organization ended its engagement with APP’s sustainability program. Responding to Greenpeace, APP stated that the company conducted its own investigation and “found that three of MSL’s shareholders and not two as stated in the report and Greenpeace’s statement, had relationships with APP.”
PT Muara Sungai Landak’s 13,000 ha HTI concession is entirely in a peatland area. According to the Ministry Agriculture’s 2011 map, the peat depth is between 1 and 2 meters. (Map compiled by Auriga)
APP’s OKI mill in South Sumatra started production in December 2016. It is one of the largest pulp mills in the world, and its fiber supply base is mostly on drained peatlands.