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    Indonesia Revokes Ending Legality License for Wood Exports

    Indonesia Revokes Ending Legality License for Wood Exports

    By Hans Nicholas Jong The Indonesian government has backed down from a decision to scrap its timber legality verification process for wood export, amid criticism from activists and the prospect of being shut out of the lucrative European market. On May 11, the Ministry of Trade issued a regulation revoking its decision from February to […]

    New Player Begins Clearing Rainforest for World’s Largest Palm Oil Plantation

    New Player Begins Clearing Rainforest for World’s Largest Palm Oil Plantation

    A new company has begun clearing rainforest in an area of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province earmarked to become the world’s largest oil palm plantation, in a vast project that has been mired in allegations of lawbreaking. If seen through to completion, the Tanah Merah project will generate an estimated $6 billion in timber and create […]

    Indonesia Seeds Clouds After Flooding Kills 43

    Indonesia Seeds Clouds After Flooding Kills 43

    After nearly 15 inches of rain fell in one day and caused flash floods and landslides in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, that destroyed 60,000 homes and killed at least 43 people, the Indonesian Air Force sent two planes to drop salt on approaching rain clouds to break them up before they reached the city, according […]

    Oreos, KitKats Among Other Global Brands Fueling Indonesian Forest Fires

    Oreos, KitKats Among Other Global Brands Fueling Indonesian Forest Fires

    By Hans Nicholas Jong The makers of Oreo cookies and KitKat chocolate bars are among the companies getting some of their palm oil from producers linked to the fires that have razed large swaths of land in Indonesia, a new report says. The fires, started mostly to clear land for planting, have burned 8,578 square […]

    Indonesian Journalists Critical of Illegal Palm Plantation Found Dead

    Indonesian Journalists Critical of Illegal Palm Plantation Found Dead

    By Ayat S. Karokaro and adapted by Basten Gokkon Two Indonesian journalists who had reported on an illegal oil palm plantation in Sumatra while also allegedly trying to gain control of the crop have been found dead at the plantation. The body of Maraden Sianipar, 55, was found on Oct. 30 in a ditch in […]