Widespread land clearing in a Korindo-owned PT Papua Agro Lestari concession in Papua, Indonesia. Image: Mighty
Mighty said that the Korindo group has actually cleared some 30,000 hectares of forest in the past five years, a claim that is supported by a report by Dutch non-profit Aidenvironment, as well as photographic and satellite evidence.
Lapidus explained that though Korindo’s palm-oil linked deforestation was uncovered back in September and the company has showed slow progress since, it took several months to mount the FSC complaint due to difficulties in establishing that the palm oil firms and FSC-certified paper companies had common majority ownership. This is crucial to make a valid case to FSC.