One of the world's largest palm oil companies appears to have overseen a network of companies responsible for deforestation of tens of thousands of hectares, according to a new investig
Deforestation & Forest Fires
November 23, 2023
November 22, 2023
Jakarta – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has ensured that thousands of illegal oil palm companies operating in forest area have been exonerated or legalised thanks to t
November 18, 2023
Laurel Sutherlin – Picture a rhinoceros in the rainforest.
November 16, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry reported that wildfires engulfed 994,313 hectares of land from January to October 2023.
November 10, 2023
Mongabay Haze Beat – Ely Marlina's 2-year-old child began to cough as the wildfires enveloped Indonesia's Ketapang district in the summer of 2019.
November 7, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A palm oil company in Indonesia has finally started paying off a $23 million fine for burning an important Sumatran orangutan habitat more than a decade ag
November 1, 2023
Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – Some 200,000 hectares of oil palm plantations found in areas designated as forests in Indonesia are expected to be returned to the state to be converted
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Activists have reported four companies – two industrial forest firms and two palm oil firms – to the local police over fires in their concessions in Centra
October 30, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) informed that the National Park of Mount Merbabu was set ablaze by wildfires until Sunday, October 29, 2023.
October 18, 2023
Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) announced that there is a decline in hotspots observed in six priority provinces during the second week o
October 11, 2023
A senior member of Indonesia's parliament on Oct.
October 9, 2023
Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta – Malaysia is reviewing how it can take stronger action on the ground to stem the return of the haze due largely to fires raging in Indonesia, Environment Minister
October 8, 2023
Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he has ordered the military and police to tackle forest fires after neighbouring countries complained that smoke from the burning was mak
October 7, 2023
Chen Lin, Singapore – Singapore's air quality fell into the unhealthy range on Saturday, official readings showed, as increased forest fires from neighbouring Indonesia brought haze to
October 6, 2023
Petaling Jaya – Malaysia is still waiting for Indonesia's response regarding the republic's efforts to combat the transboundary haze that has affected our country in recent weeks.
Jakarta – Forest fires in some parts of Indonesia have declined and no haze had been detected moving to Malaysia, Environment and Forestry Minister said on Friday, a day after its neigh
October 5, 2023
Ni Komang Erviani, Karangasem, Bali – Wildfires have burned in the protected forest on the slopes of Mount Agung for the past week, with at least 645 hectares of forest affected.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A diplomatic spat has once again flared up between Southeast Asian neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia, sparked by smoke from forest fires in the former that
Mongabay Haze Beat – Regional governments in wildfire-hit Indonesia shuttered schools in the first week October, as sickly air pollution continued to cloak several population centers in
October 4, 2023
Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – With nearly half of the country's territory at "high risk of wildfires", the government on Tuesday said that 2,267 hectares of land was reportedly engulfed in
October 3, 2023
Septia Ryanthie, Jakarta – The wildfire at Mount Lawu this afternoon has spread to Karanganyar Regency, Central Java, as confirmed by the Head of Karanganyar Disaster Management Agency
Antara, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected 199 hotspots across East Kalimantan. "[We] have observed 199 hotspots from 01:00 a.m.
October 2, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Swaths of tropical peatland that were supposed to have been restored and protected from burning are among the fire-hit areas in Indonesia's ongoing dry sea
Antara, Jakarta – A forecaster at the Pekanbaru Station of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Moh.
October 1, 2023
Jakarta – Firefighters are rushing to extinguish forest and land fires across parts of Indonesia, with the scorching weather in the South-east Asian nation worsened by an El Nino
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Hundreds of forest fires in Indonesia have caused haze that has worsened air quality in parts of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur's top environment official has said, a c
Antara, Jakarta – With the dry season reaching its peak and the mercury shooting up, several parts of Indonesia recorded land and forest fires in September, stated Minister of Environme
September 30, 2023
Kuala Lumpur (BSS/AFP) – Hundreds of forest fires in Indonesia have caused haze to reach areas of Malaysia where it has worsened air quality, Kuala Lumpur's top environment official has
Mumbai, India – Three countries comprised of India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, swore to jointly promote the positive benefits of palm oil to the global community at the Second Sustainable
September 29, 2023
Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta – Land and forest fires have covered several Indonesian regions with smog over the past few days.
September 28, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Palangka Raya Education Office in Central Kalimantan cuts down school hours while wildfire smoke veiled the city.
September 27, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued an early warning of land and forest fires in a number of Indonesian regions today, September 27, 2023
September 26, 2023
Jakarta – It is relatively easy to find news about fires in Indonesia during the dry season, especially now that the El Nino weather phenomenon has caused a long drought in recen
September 22, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Despite various commitments from global brands and the government to protect Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem, home to some of the rarest species on Earth, dev
Adi Purmono, Jakarta – The recovery process for Bromo's ecosystem post the week-long fire from September 6 to 14, 2023, will take up to five years.
September 15, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Parts of Indonesia are covered with toxic air pollutants from burning lands and forests as this year's fire season is intensifying amid the El Nino
Jakarta – Over the past few months the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has repeatedly warned about an extreme El Nino during this year's dry season even to
September 14, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – U.S.
September 13, 2023
Lynda Hong, Singapore – The increased number of hot spots in Kalimantan and Sumatra this week has raised the risk of transboundary haze returning to Singapore, but severe haze is not fo
Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Several provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan have been blanketed with haze from raging forest fires that worsened in August, causing a surge in people with resp
September 11, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An Indonesian court has upheld a government decision to curb the expansion of a multibillion-dollar oil palm plantation project in the country's easternmos
September 8, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The forest fire currently engulfing Central Kalimantan worsens the air quality in the area.
Antara, Banjarbaru – Smoke from land and forest fires in Banjarmasin of South Kalimantan delayed at least six flights at Syamsudin Noor International Airport as haze covered the region.
September 5, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Forecaster Yasir Prayuna said that 609 hotspots were detected in Sumatra on Monday, September 4, 2023.
September 4, 2023
Radhiyya Indra, Bangkok – Indonesia is battling an increased number of wildfires, and the haze they bring, as the dry season, which is expected to peak this month, intensifies across th
August 26, 2023
Antara, Balikpapan – The Balikpapan Station of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected 25 hotspots in East Kalimantan Province on Friday, August 25, 2023.
August 22, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – Greenpeace Indonesia calls on the Papua Provincial Government to make a commitment to a low-carbon development strategy in Papua.
August 19, 2023
Jakarta, Sugiharto Purnama, Resinta S – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has said that it has filed a lawsuit against 22 companies for triggering forest and land fires in
August 18, 2023
Fuad Iqbal Abdullah, Banjarbaru – Indonesian authorities deployed two helicopters to conduct water bombing operations in burning forests and peatlands across Kalimantan but the efforts