More burnings occur in concessions

EoF News / 01 August 2019
(c) Eyes on the Forest

Eyes on the Forest updated that more pulpwood plantation and palm oil companies were caught having fire hotspots on 28-30 July in Riau Province. Meanwhile, fewer fire hotspots detected by NASA satellite in Tesso Nilo National Park compared to 26 and 27 July analysis.  

Some pulpwood suppliers (industrial timber plantation) concessions that have got significant hotspots, 74 in total,  as NASA Fire VIIRS monitored are: APRIL/RGE affiliates: CV Putri Lindung Bulan, CV Riau Bina Insani, KUD Bina Jaya Langgam, PT Bina Daya Bintara, PT RAPP sector Baserah, PT RAPP sector Pelalawan, PT Rimba Peranap Indah, PT Sari Hijau Mutiara, PT Sumatera Riang Lestari block 3, and PT Sumatera Riang Lestari block 6. APP/Sinarmas affiliates are: PT Arara Abadi resort Nilo, PT Mutiara Sabuk Khatulistiwa, PT Suntara Gajapati. Two former APP’s suppliers are: PT Inhil Hutani Pratama and PT Rimba Rokan Perkasa.

Near plantation of PT Langgam Inti Hibrindo, a Malaysia-based palm oil company, in Pelalawan, significant fire hotspots are also detected.

EoF also analysed that 213 hectares of “production forest can be converted” status area was burned in Pelalawan. It is near palm oil plantation PT Mitra Unggul Pusaka. The area is identified and registered as for Teknopolitan, Pelalawan Techno Park that developed by Pelalawan District Government. These data are based on Forest Release Data issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry decree on forest release number  SK.517/MENLHK/SETJEN/PLA.2/11/2018),

map of fires distribution for 28-30 July 2019

Wind blows to Singapore, Malaysia

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency of Pekanbaru station, forecasted that in August to September, Riau province would suffer drought. “Because the intensity of rainfall start decreasing,” said Marzuki an official for data and information on Monday.

The wind direction during August-September will head to neighbouring countries, Malaysia and Singapore, Marzuki added. If burnings continue, haze could blow away to the countries, he said.

BMKG said 126 fire hotspots detected in Riau province by Thursday where Pelalawan and Indragiri Hilir lead with 51 and 35 hotspots respectively.

Mitigation Disaster National Agency concluded 27,000 hectares of areas in Riau had been razed by fires since January this year, Riau Pos daily reported. Meanwhile, data from Forest Land Fires Task Force recorded that only 3,800 hectares of land that burned by fires in the province since January 2019.

The Riau Police pledged to probe five companies  –palm oil and pulpwood suppliers—where burnings and hotspots allegedly found in their concessions.

Antara Riau website reported that the Intelligence Director of Specific Crime of Riau Police would probe some companies have fire hotspots as detected by aerial monitoring from Fires Task Force.

The five companies are: PT Priatama Rupat (Surya Dumai Group, palm oil), PT Jatim Jaya Perkasa Teluk Bano II (palm oil, Wilmar) , PT Wahana Sawit Subur Indah (palm oil) in Siak, PT Seraya Sumber Lestari (APRIL’s fiber supplier) in Siak and PT Langgam Inti Hibrindo, (Provident Agro, palm oil) in Pelalawan.