Palm oil and timber groups drop lawsuit against Indonesian environment law

2017-06-28     Source: eco-business
Just days after a pair of associations representing the palm oil and timber industries filed a lawsuit against Indonesia’s environment and forestry laws, they withdrew the suit, claiming they needed more time to study the rules.

But they would challenge the law again in the future, Joko Supriyono, chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI), said in Jakarta this week.

Under the current legal regime, he insisted, companies are held unfairly accountable for fires that occur on their land.

Pressure groups that had been gearing up to fight the suit in court welcomed its cancellation.

“[The lawsuit] goes against the constitution’s mandate to guarantee for the nation a good and healthy environment,” said Nur Hidayati, executive director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI). The group had filed to intervene in the case along with other NGOs.

The business groups — GAPKI and the Indonesian Association of Forestry Concessionaires (APHI) — had sought to achieve two policy objectives. To do this, they had targeted four articles across two laws, the 2007 Environment Law and the 1999 Forestry Law.

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Just days after a pair of associations representing the palm oil and timber industries filed a lawsuit against Indonesia’s environment and forestry laws, they withdrew the suit, claiming they needed more time to study the rules.

But they would challenge the law again in the future, Joko Supriyono, chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI), said in Jakarta this week.

Under the current legal regime, he insisted, companies are held unfairly accountable for fires that occur on their land.

Pressure groups that had been gearing up to fight the suit in court welcomed its cancellation.

“[The lawsuit] goes against the constitution’s mandate to guarantee for the nation a good and healthy environment,” said Nur Hidayati, executive director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI). The group had filed to intervene in the case along with other NGOs.

The business groups — GAPKI and the Indonesian Association of Forestry Concessionaires (APHI) — had sought to achieve two policy objectives. To do this, they had targeted four articles across two laws, the 2007 Environment Law and the 1999 Forestry Law.

Under the current legal regime, he insisted, companies are held unfairly accountable for fires that occur on their land.

Pressure groups that had been gearing up to fight the suit in court welcomed its cancellation.

“[The lawsuit] goes against the constitution’s mandate to guarantee for the nation a good and healthy environment,” said Nur Hidayati, executive director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI). The group had filed to intervene in the case along with other NGOs.

The business groups — GAPKI and the Indonesian Association of Forestry Concessionaires (APHI) — had sought to achieve two policy objectives. To do this, they had targeted four articles across two laws, the 2007 Environment Law and the 1999 Forestry Law.

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