The Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister wrote to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to expressed disappointment in the lack of seriousness displayed by the company in its implementation of new peat regulations.

The government sent already several official letters (Jul 26 and 28). This time the Minister decided to write to the owners, Franky Widjaja and Linda Widjaja.

The new peat regulations has been issued by the government after the fires crisis in 2015, to prevent uncontrolled fires.

“APP clearly lacks seriousness in implementing the new peat regulations. It turns out that the proposed 10-year work plans of the APP companies in Riau and South Sumatra provinces contain copy-paste documents,” commented to a high official in the ministry.

The minister has given the APP companies involved a deadline of between 10-11 August to submit revised versions of their 10-year work plans.