Individuals from Indonesia and Liberia embroiled in land disputes with oil palm plantations have visited the Netherlands to call on banks facilitating these companies’ operations to take action. But Dutch banks ABN AMRO and Rabobank say there is little they can do to influence the companies.
Less than a year ago, Wilmar made an industry-first promise to cut deforestation out of its entire supply chain. In this interview with Eco-Business, the Singapore-listed company's chief sustainability officer Jeremy Goon talks about the challenges of implementing the most challenging sustainability pledge in its history.
A new study reveals the paper giant’s trail of disputes across Indonesia. But even as the controversial firm claims to address the social harm caused, it keeps experts in the dark about whether community rights are genuinely respected.
Yani Saloh –
Indigenous communities, like the Sungai Utik Dayak Iban Longhouse community in Indonesia, are guardians of the land on which they reside. Across the world, there is growing recognition of their work towards protecting the environment and mitigating climate change.
Sakinah Ummu Haniy
and Hidayah Hamzah, Mirzha Hanifah –
According to data displayed on Global Forest Watch Fires, there have been 66,000 fire alerts in Indonesia from January through the end of September. While this is much lower than fire levels in 2015, it far exceeds those in the past three years.
Nadhilah Shani and Muhammad Rizki Kresnawan –
Southeast Asia’s largest economy must explore clean energy and build its new capital without destroying Kalimantan’s forests and peatlands. Otherwise, it stands to lose more life-sustaining natural capital, even as it gains a new one.
If countries abandon their unregulated urban messes to go after virgin land to build megacities, the environmental pressures will increase, writes Minority Rights Group International's Joshua Castellino.
According to data, Jakarta and its neighbouring province Banten have some of the world’s filthiest air. Why has the government failed to communicate the problems associated with bad air quality to Jakartans?
Della Syahni, Mongabay.com –
Ahead of Indonesia’s presidential election on April 17, an online movie was recently published showing the links between Indonesian coal and energy companies and the country’s political elites.
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 ...