Bumitama was accused by several organisations of destroying orangutan habitats and Greenpeace called theirs a source of dirty palm oil.
Bumitama in its own defence denies most of the allegations and as part of the RSPO resolutions to complaints filed against it, will roll out a series of actions to prove that it is working above RSPO regulations and Indonesian laws.
In case you're not familiar with the area, Tanjung Puting National Park is one of the hottest spots for orangutan conservation.
To have a palm oil plantation in the park would have been a disaster for orangutans in this location.
Bumitama in saying that it recognises the impact it could have on the area, has agreed to do the following :
2. Areas in bright green are the buffer zones it has promised to protect and not plant palm oil in. This area is set as 500 metres, which is quite generous considering the local conservation laws only ask for 50 metres. Whether they do this or not depends to be seen, which is why third party monitoring like what we are doing, is so important.
3. Along the river banks of the Sekonyer river, Bumitama has pledged to have tree plantings done. This stretch of river bank is still home to an estimated 100 orangutans as well prosboscis monkeys.
4. On top of the 500 metres of buffer zones, Bumitama is promising to have another 500 metre wide area where it will practise " Low Impact Planting." This means that it will first of all, not plant palm oil trees in high densities as usual practise. Secondly, they have pledged to use only organic fertilizers to prevent further pollution of the Sekonyer River( which is already heavily polluted by illegal mining activities upstream ). Secondly, it will not use pesticides in the area to prevent poisoning of wildlife in the area.
Sounds good right? Well, we all know its easier to put something on paper than it is to actually do them on the ground. This is why we created this Bumitama Watch!