Cleaning up the oil palm industry's supply chains must go beyond environmental impact to the workforce. Fair working conditions and better lives for smallholders must be front and centre, say industry leaders.
Eco-Business recently visited a palm oil plantation belonging to Golden Agri Resources (GAR) to see how the company is tackling a culture of land burning in West Kalimantan, an area of Indonesia that was ravaged by the haze-making fires of 2015. Here are some scenes from the ground.
Asia Pulp and Paper has quietly started production at its new pulp and tissue mill, one of the world's largest. NGOs are worried that the OKI mill will mean decades of peat drainage, greenhouse gas emissions and forest fires for Indonesia.
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Must peatland be drained for palm oil or acacia plantations out of economic necessity? Oscar M Lopez for Climate Change Climate Envoy Chris Cheng shares how wetland agriculture, or paludiculture, is a far more sustainable and lucrative alternative.
Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia's new Peatland Restoration Agency brings new energy to solving the country's deforestation and peatland problems, but engagement with major consumer giants India and China is lacking, and we still need to look at the million-dollar question of who will pay for sustainable goods.
Large-scale, human-induced landscape fires in Indonesia have been making headlines since the early 1980s. The impact of these fires is noticeable at the domestic, regional and global spheres in the ...