How It Came To The Worldwide Campaign
- August 25, 2011: The former Governor of Aceh issued a controversial permit to PT. Kallista Alam for the conversion of 1,605 ha land within Leuser Ecosystem into oil palm plantation;
- October 3, 2011: WALHI Aceh was informed for the first time about the permit issued on August 25;
- October 6, 2011: 1st meeting conducted by WALHI involving local and national NGOs to anticipate the controversial issuance of the permit to PT Kallista Alam with the decision for the NGO Coalition to send a legal warning to the former Aceh's Governor;
- October 11, 2011: follow up meeting for the preparation for the construction of the legal warning;
- October 17, 2011: WALHI Aceh and Aceh's Orang-utan Forum (FORA) organized a protest action against the issuance of the permit in Banda Aceh;
- October 19, 2011: a team was established to construct the draft and to finalized the legal warning;
- October 28, 2011: the legal warning was submitted to the Governor's Office in Banda Aceh, giving the former Aceh's Governor 7 days to reply for mediation;
- November 23, 2011: the lawsuit against former Aceh's Governor was filed at Administrative Court of Banda Aceh;
- December 7, 2012: 1st court hearing on the case of the permit in Banda Aceh;
- December 28, 2012: interlocutory order from the court included PT. Kallista Alam as 2nd defendant;
- February 29, 2012: court hearing of expert witness provided by WALHI;
- April 4, 2012: Administrative Court Banda Aceh failed to rule the case by stating they were unauthorized to file a decision on the case.
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Indonesia's Protected Rainforests Disappearing
The recent reports from Indonesia are sending a clarion wake-up call around the globe:
Rapid illegal rainforest logging is escalating. School children from
around the globe are becoming involved to help save endangered animals
and their home - the rainforest.
Conservation scientists: Aceh's spatial plan a risk to forests, wildlife, and people
A group of biologists and conservation scientists meeting in Sumatra warned that potential changes to Aceh's spatial plan could undermine some of the ecological services that underpin the Indonesian province's economy and well-being of its citizens.
Scientists urged to stand up for Aceh's biodiversity
Institutions affiliated with the Aceh Spatial Planning Alliance have
urged scientists and conservationists to push the Aceh provincial
administration to amend the spatial planning bylaw (RTRW), which they
say is potentially damaging and could reduce the region's forests,
threatening its biodiversity.
Aceh claims deal to open 1.2M ha of protected forest to logging, mining is near
Ministry of Forestry is close to accepting a proposal to open 1.2
million hectares of forest in Aceh for mining, logging, and palm oil
production, reports the Aceh Post.