Indonesia to check pulpwood companies' ability to fight fires before granting new concessions

Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper's Ogan Komering Ilir mill in Palembang, Indonesia.
Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper's Ogan Komering Ilir mill in Palembang, Indonesia.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government will apply strict environmental and fire readiness testing to pulp and paper firms before they will be granted new concessions under a controversial land swop scheme that aims to get the companies off carbon-rich deep peatlands, a senior official said on Thursday (April 5).

The scheme is part of government efforts to curb fires and the haze as well as cut carbon emissions blamed for driving climate change.

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