Illegal Logging, Open Burning & Eucalyptus Plantation next to Primary Forest

 
kampung Lenggong, Perak

Site Coordinate: 5.1068335,100.96218199999998

kampung Lenggong, Perak

 
  1. Unauthorized trespassing, clearing of forested land, spraying of chemicals and destruction of crops by neighboring eucalyptus plantation projects.
 
  • Since March 2011, clearing of forested land on the neighboring plot of land (plot 6 & 7). The company claimed to have leased the land for a monoculture eucalyptus plantation. This land is situated on a steep hillslope of at least 45 degrees and borders the primary forest. We understand that no environmental assessment nor necessary approvals from the relevant authorities had been obtained for this project. For this matter, we have highlighted it to the relevant authorities ie. PKNP, Jabatan Perhutanan, Police.
  • Up to 10 acres of our forested land had been cleared by this project. Subsequently our crops we planted to cover the erosion including fruit trees, vegetables and grain crops had been repeated destroyed by their bulldozers. They also set off open burning on the plot of land. Now our new crops had been sprayed with herbicide and they have began planting eucalyptus on the land.
  • We have erected gates to prevent unauthorised access but they have all been destroyed.
  • Up todate, more than 15 police reports had been made on the unauthorised entry and trespassing on our leased land, on the open burning. Unfortunately, not even one single enforcement officer investigated the site.  
  • The police informed us that the neighboring project apologises for their actions but that didn't stop their activities.
  • The police showed us also the neighbor's tenancy agreement which was signed with yet another landlord : PERAK HALAL CORPORATION.
  • Based on their forest clearing, this company had cleared at least 30-40% more area than their allocated lease. However, no authorities are taking action to enforce the proper boundaries.
    Environmental Challenges and Damages   The neighboring project which is a genetically-modified Eucalyptus plantation poses many threats to the environment and also breaches several laws.  
  • Clearing forested land on a 45 degrees hillslope.
  • Planting of non-native species next to the primary rainforest
  • Risk of forest fires and landslides
  • Illegal clearing of forested land beyond the boundaries of their leased area.
  • Regular open burning, with close proximity to the primary rainforest
  Please visit a report by World Rainforest Movement on the negative environmental impacts of monoculture eucalyptus plantations and it's ban imposed by government in Brazil. http://www.wrm.org.uy/bulletin/150/Brazil.html