“Forest Killer” title handed to Kayu Lapis Indonesia

Feature story - December 7, 2006
Dried leaves and tree branches was poured all over Kayu Lapis Indonesia’s (KLI) headquarters in Jakarta along with a huge bouquet of flowers inscribed with: “Congratulations Kayu Lapis Indonesia, Forest Killer in Papua” in a symbolic act to return to the company remains of logged trees from Papua in operations that totally disregard Indonesia’s logging laws, which destroys Indonesia’s last ancient forests.

Greenpeace activists poured dried leaves and tree branches all over Kayu Lapis Indonesia`s (KLI) headquarters in Jakarta in symbolic act to return to the company remains of logged trees from Papua.

Greenpeace activists poured dried leaves and tree branches all over Kayu Lapis Indonesia`s (KLI) headquarters in Jakarta in symbolic act to return to the company remains of logged trees from Papua.

Greenpeace activists poured dried leaves and tree branches all over Kayu Lapis Indonesia`s (KLI) headquarters in Jakarta in symbolic act to return to the company remains of logged trees from Papua.

Greenpeace activists poured dried leaves and tree branches all over Kayu Lapis Indonesia`s (KLI) headquarters in Jakarta in symbolic act to return to the company remains of logged trees from Papua.

Greenpeace activists poured dried leaves and tree branches all over Kayu Lapis Indonesia`s (KLI) headquarters in Jakarta in symbolic act to return to the company remains of logged trees from Papua.

"KLI is responsible for destroying big parts of the last ancient forests in Papua and Kalimantan," said Hapsoro, Forest Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. "If no immediate action is taken to stop illegal and destructive logging practices, the future of Indonesia's forests is bleak. The government must urgently prevent the further destruction of our already diminishing forests," he added.

  Deforestration rates in Indonesia are among the highest in the world. In 2005, an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forests have been destroyed, according to the Minister of Forestry.

"KLI is killing the forests in Papua. KLI's destructive logging operations should not continue in Papua, or else Indonesia stands to lose its forests forever."

Hapsoro

Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia

  In April 2006, Greenpeace released the report entitled "Forest Crime File: Kayu Lapis Indonesia - Untouchable God of Indonesian Ancient Forest Destruction" containing evidence that KLI and its subsidiaries have been repeatedly involved in illegal logging activities, along with serious violations of Indonesian forestry regulations. Evidence found by Greenpeace were, among others, logging within buffer zones of small waterways and cheating local communities out of agreed royalties. KLI is one of the largest logging and timber processing companies in Papua.

"KLI is killing the forests in Papua. KLI's destructive logging operations should not continue in Papua, or else Indonesia stands to lose its forests forever," Hapsoro added.

  Greenpeace earlier asked the Ministry of Forestry to officially audit KLI's operations. One of the audit results showed that KLI had cleared land in order to open new palm oil concessions, which clearly violated governmental regulations.

NOTES: 1) In total, Indonesia has already lost more than 72% of its intact ancient forest areas and 40% of its forest completely. Large scale industrial logging and illegal logging operations are mainly responsible for this problem. According to official figures, illegal logging was estimated to supply 76% of Indonesia's timber consumption in 2004. This practice is still ongoing today, and despite tougher law enforcement, will push the level of illegal logging to as high as 80%. 2) PT Kayu Lapis Indonesia is one of the largest logging and timber processing companies in Indonesia. Besides being the largest concession in Papua, KLI also has several subsidiary companies in Kalimantan and large plywood mill in Kendal, Central Java. The major export markets for KLI's plywood are Japan and USA.

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