Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Palm oil giant Korindo Group is alleged to have set fires to clear rainforest in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua, a practice that is banned by law.
Deforestation & Forest Fires
November 12, 2020
November 3, 2020
Yulia Savitri, Palembang – The South Sumatra provincial administration has continued to carry out preventive measures against forest and land fires as it extends the emergency alert sta
October 26, 2020
Michael Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Offering affordable healthcare to villagers and indigenous communities living near forests could help reduce illegal logging and fight clim
October 23, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Activists have slammed one of the world's biggest pulp and paper companies for clearing peatland in Indonesia despite its zero-deforestation pledge.
October 22, 2020
Fadli, Batam – The Batam District Court in Riau Islands has sentenced PT Prima Makmur director Zazli bin Kamel to five years and six months' imprisonment, in addition to a Rp 1 billion
Singapore (Reuters) – Forested areas greater than the size of the Netherlands have been burned in Indonesia in the past five years, with 30 per cent of the fires occurring on pulpwood a
Yulia Savitri, Palembang – South Sumatra has extended the alert status for forest fires until the end of November despite the high intensity rainfall that the region has experienced sin
October 21, 2020
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – A provision in the controversial Job Creation Law raises the risk of further forest devastation as it relaxes rules on environmental protection, a loc
October 20, 2020
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – When 53-year-old Azizi is not tending to his crab farm, he would be nursing the 456-hectare mangrove forest near his home in the village of Gambus in Nort
October 9, 2020
Philip Jacobson – A wide-ranging deregulation bill passed in Indonesia this week downgrades a key legal provision used by authorities to sue plantation firms for the fires that spread a
October 6, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is doubling down on a plan to establish large-scale agricultural plantations across the country, in a move that threatens widespr
September 25, 2020
Adisti Sukma Sawitri, Jakarta – Indonesia has recently been rewarded for its forest policies.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – At least 500 professional health workers signed an open letter for President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, urging the government to prevent land and forest fires amid
September 17, 2020
Jakarta – The repeated burning of the forests in recent years is proof that the state is powerless in the face of the corporations thought to be behind the fires.
September 8, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A U.N.
September 2, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indigenous rights activists have welcomed the cancellation of an oil palm plantation permit on Indigenous land in Indonesia's Papua region.
August 26, 2020
Aninda Dewayanti, Singapore – Indonesia is bracing for a prolonged dry season that typically induces forest fires in peatland areas.
August 25, 2020
Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Six provinces have declared siaga (alert) status for forest and land fires, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Raditya Jati said on Monday.
August 19, 2020
Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – The Bengkalis Police in Riau arrested last Wednesday four residents of Rupat Island on suspicion of illegal logging.
August 4, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Lifting people out of poverty in Indonesia has also helped slow the country's rate of deforestation, a new study finds.
July 17, 2020
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Indonesia needs to be on extra alert for possible forest fires until at least November as there is a delay in this year's dry season, said Environment and Fores
July 15, 2020
Harry Jacques, Jakarta (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indonesia's plans to cut red tape to attract investment could lead to an increase in forest clearing and fires, environmentalists
July 14, 2020
Sophie Chao – A decade ago, the Indonesian government began to heavily promote large-scale plantation developments in Papua province, a region of savannahs and rich rainforests.
July 7, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Activists have called on the Indonesian authorities to probe the finances of the Korindo Group, a privately owned conglomerate, in the wake of an investig