Indonesian companies to give digital maps of plantation for probe

Indonesian companies to give digital maps of plantation for probe

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Indonesia: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international organisation that monitors and promotes sustainable farming of palm oil, has given five of its Indonesian members 48 hours to submit satellite images of their plantations, as evidence that they are not responsible for the forest fires that have engulfed several South East Asian countries.

PT Jatim Jaya Perkasa, Sinar Mas, Tabung Haji Plantations, Kuala Lumpur Kepong and Sime Darby are asked to submit digital maps of their plantations in Kalimantan and Sumatra within the next 48 hours for its investigation. RSPO will compare these maps against the published mapping of the forest fires by the NASA and NOAA as part of its investigation.

“We will be making arrangements to submit the digital maps of our plantations to RSPO and shall give the RSPO fullest cooperation during the process of the proposed investigations,” said Kuala Lumpur Kepung head of sustainability Sin Chuan Eng.

Source: Straitstimes