On 6 December 2019, Mighty Earth released the Rapid Response Report 22. The report claimed PT RIM Capital (PT RC), a subsidiary of Goodhope of clearing 39 ha of forest between 11 September 2019 and 2 November 2019.
Upon receiving the report, Goodhope immediately conducted field investigation. It found that on the clearance location (-2.661, 112,231), the land clearing is outside of the concession. Meanwhile, in the location (-2.689, 112.227), PT RIM has not conducted any land clearance since 2012 and the land clearing mentioned in the report occurred as a result of land fires on community-owned areas. Goodhope has made and submitted a report to local authorities on the land fires that occurred in the vicinity of PT RIM Capital. According to Goodhope, the local authority acknowledged the report and recognized the company’s efforts to take immediate measures to extinguish and contain the fires.
Goodhope further clarified that the company has no intention or plan to acquire the land due to the land owners are not interested to relinquish it as well as it is a peat soil land thus it will be against the company NDPE policy. It also explained that PT RIM has no plan for new plantings at the concession.
To prevent and mitigate the landfires and forest loss issue in the future, PT. RIM Capital is planning to support conservation of surrounding forest and mitigation of land fires through a number of initiatives, including:
- Community fire awareness training and development of early detection and warning system
- Mapping land ownership and working together with the land owners on the prevention and control of fire threats.
- Demarcation of fire-prone areas and high risk areas.
- Working with local authority on the conservation of forest areas and mitigation of threats.
The response can be found here.