Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indonesia is set to weaken rules on timber products it exports, undermining measures adopted by other countries to fight ill
Deforestation & Forest Fires
March 27, 2020
March 26, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Environmental experts have warned of a resurgence in illegal logging in Indonesia after the government declared that wood exports would no longer have to
March 24, 2020
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
March 19, 2020
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry has named an individual identified as IQ, the commissioner of logging company CV.
March 11, 2020
Jakarta – At least 12 endemic species of trees in the country are threatened with extinction, a researcher at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Research Center for Biology has
March 1, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – The Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Office (BMKG) detected 11 hotspots indicative of forest fires along the coastal areas of Riau Province on Satur
February 28, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A court in Indonesia has ordered the government to publish detailed maps of oil palm plantations in the country's easternmost Papua region, an area increa
February 14, 2020
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is planning to sue five companies, and possibly up to 16, over the fires that burned on their concessions last year.
February 12, 2020
Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru, Riau – Riau has declared the emergency alert status for land and forest fires to warn residents of a possible haze crisis as the region enters the dry season.
February 6, 2020
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday (Feb 6) ordered government officials to find a permanent solution to prevent devastating annual forest fires that he un
February 3, 2020
Tom Johnson – In late 2007, two young businessmen met to finalise a deal in a high-rise office block in Jakarta.
Yulia Savitri, Palembang, South Sumatra – Youths in South Sumatra are encouraged to participate in the restoration of degraded forests and land through data crowdsourcing platforms.
January 29, 2020
Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – A farmer in Riau is currently on trial for alleged arson at the Pekanbaru District Court after he burned a 400-square-meter plot of land for farming, reporte
January 24, 2020
Jakarta – Land and forest fires have hit at least seven areas in North Penajam Paser regency in East Kalimantan – the region that is to host part of Indonesia's new capital – over the
January 22, 2020
Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – The Riau Police have fired a local police chief for his lackluster performance in handling land and forest fires in the province's Pelalawan regency.
January 16, 2020
Antara, Banda Aceh – The deforestation rate in Aceh Province may have reached 35 thousand hectares (ha) in the last three years and will decrease further in the next two years, the Ind
Dedek Hendry, Rejang Lebong, Bengkulu – Four members of the Environment Care Women's Group (KPPL) Maju Bersama in Pal VIII village, Rejang Lebong regency, Bengkulu, walked slowly throu
January 10, 2020
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – Plans to build a hydropower plant (PLTA) with a capacity of 443 megawatts (MW) in the Leuser ecosystem zone in Gayo Lues regency, Aceh province,
January 9, 2020
Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Forest rangers in Indonesia's Aceh province will be equipped with guns in the battle against illegal logging, an environmental agency official said Thursday (Ja
December 31, 2019
Jakarta – Indonesia's Supreme Court has struck down a regulation that allowed activities by plantation companies in protected forest areas, a green group said on Tuesday, flagging a de
December 23, 2019
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An Indonesian court has fined an palm oil company $1.8 million for fires that occurred on its concession in 2015, capping a four-year ordeal by the govern
December 21, 2019
Jakarta – Even a donkey would not fall into the same hole twice. The saying it would seem does not apply to the government when dealing with forest recovery.
December 13, 2019
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – It was large swaths of degraded and idle land, and not forested land, that accounted for much of the burned area during this year's fire season in Indones
December 11, 2019
Jakarta – The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least $5.2 billion, equal to 0.5% of gross domestic product, the World Bank said in
December 10, 2019
Dyna Rochmyaningsih – How much did Indonesia burn this year?