(1) Forest and peat clearance in West Kalimantan Province by PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari (PT SJAL) between 12 August – 16 September 2018.
(2) The report alleged 9 ha of forest were cleared in PT Arvenasepakat concession from 19 March 2019 – 02 June 2019.
We engaged Incasi Raya in February 2019 to verify the allegation of deforestation and clearance of peat.
Incasi Raya will study the allegation in the report and come back to Musim Mas. Incasi Raya and Musim Mas are committed to ongoing dialogue and cooperation to ensure on achieving sustainability requirements.
We will be following up with Incasi Raya closely and review the case within 90 working days.
We reached out to Incasi Raya after the allegations made in Mighty Earth RRR 17 were raised.
We met up with Incasi Raya’s management representative in the first week of August 2019 and requested to clarify the allegations against PT Arvena Sepakat and follow up with them on the progress of PT SJAL.
Incasi Raya clarified that they are undergoing ground verifications at PT Arvena Sepakat to investigate the allegations raised. We will be following up closely with Incasi Raya on the results of ground verification.
Musim Mas had a meeting with Incasi Raya Management on 08 August 2019. We have received confirmation during the meeting that land development at PT SJAL has stopped since March 2019.
Incasi Raya have planted cover crop at the area mentioned in the “Rapid Response Report” and no palm planting will be carried out at that particular area.
PT Arvena Sepakat investigated the area indicated in the ME report through ground verification and confirmed that the clearing activity took place. However, further investigation by the company revealed that the clearing was conducted by the local community who have encroached on the particular area.
Incasi Raya have made a police report and a meeting was held on 15 August 2019 between PT Arvena Sepakat, the community involved in the encroachment and the police. The police will conduct further on-site investigation on 24 August 2019. We will be following up closely on the results of the investigation.
PT Arvena Sepakat sent us the results of the investigation on 24 August 2019 stating that the local community has agreed to stop all activities conducted in PT Arvena Sepakat concession.