Critics say the study, which estimated that various peat protection policies could lead to $5.7 billion in economic losses, failed to fully account the impacts of destroying carbon-rich peat areas on the environment, health, and society.
In 2014, many of the world's major palm oil, pulp and paper companies made a joint commitment to stop clearing natural forests by 2020. As the deadline draws near, how are these 'No deforestation' commitments progressing?
and Richard Waite and Katie Fletcher –
The agricultural and landscape sector is responsible for 25 per cent of human-caused emissions, but is sometimes overlooked in decarbonisation efforts. WRI researchers highlight how we can protect forests and accelerate decarbonisation.
Robin Hicks –
Asia Pulp & Paper suddenly cancelled a media trip to its new mega mill in South Sumatra. Why? The company, it seems, is not ready to tell the sustainability story about a mill that will chew through 70,000 hectares of timber in a year.
Chris Cheng –
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.
Independent sustainability and environment adviser Tony Juniper discusses the importance of protecting rainforests as Belantara, a foundation focused on delivering an innovative new direct funding platform to protect Indonesian rainforests, opens its doors for business.
Robin Hicks –
Indonesia has made significant progress in fighting the fires caused by slash-and-burn forestry that choke Southeast Asia annually with toxic air pollution. Eco-Business spoke to the chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about what it will take to put the fires out permanently.
In a bid to prevent another haze crisis, Indonesian agribusiness firms have developed innovative ways to work with communities to stop burning land. Here's how the fire free village programme is tackling the issue, one village at a time.
Vaidehi Shah –
After weeks of coming under fire from environmental campaigner Greenpeace, banking giant Santander announced that it will no longer fund the operations of deforestation-linked pulp and paper company APRIL.
Biofuels are becoming big policy and big business as countries around the world look to decrease petroleum dependence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, and support agricultural ...
In a previous articles titled "Economic Feasibility of Sustainable Non-Food Feedstock Based Biodiesel Production: Part 1 and Part 2 ",we have covered how Pongamia Pinnata and Moringa oleifera are going ...
Castor is an important non-edible oilseed crop of the family Euphorbiaceae with great utilitarian value in industry, agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors. The presence of hydroxyl group and double bonds in ...