Alister Doyle, Oslo – Praised as guardians of tropical forests, indigenous peoples have accused governments of failing to follow up billion-dollar pledges in 2021 to enlist their help t
Deforestation & Forest Fires
June 23, 2022
June 22, 2022
Benjamin Brown and Satyawan Pudyatmoko, Melbourne, Australia – Mangroves ring the shores of many of Indonesia's more than 17,000 islands.
June 16, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Authorities in Indonesia's Papua province have recommended the revocation of licenses for 35 out of the 54 oil palm concessions operating there.
June 9, 2022
Zamzami and Morgan Erickson-Davis, Pekanbaru, Indonesia – Reportedly home to 3% of the planet's mammal species and one of the highest levels of lowland plant diversity known to science,
June 1, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) estimated that 1.26 million hectares, or about 60 percent of the total forest area in Jambi, had been encroached upon or dam
May 27, 2022
Jakarta, Jubi – Greenpeace Indonesia appreciates the decision of the Jayapura State Administrative Court which rejected the lawsuits of two palm oil companies, PT Anugerah Sakti Internu
May 25, 2022
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo highlighted Indonesia's achievement in fighting forest fires in the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 on Wed
May 24, 2022
Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumne – Documents tabled in a New Zealand court case show how a Kiwi developer and a company which has cut down Papuan rainforest intend to make around $110 mill
April 28, 2022
David Fogarty, Singapore – Indonesia's fifth-straight annual decline in primary forest loss in 2021 shows government and business policies are working, experts from the World Resources
April 5, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A palm oil company whose permit was revoked at the start of the year and which was ordered to halt operations is allegedly continuing to clear forests in I
Suryadi, Pekanbaru, Indonesia – Upon his inauguration as governor of Riau in early 2019, Syamsuar promised to "protect the dignity of Indonesia" by ensuring that the vast Sumatran provi
March 28, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An area of natural forest a tenth the size of Seoul has been cleared by a subsidiary of South Korean paper giant Moorim in Indonesia's Papua region, a new
March 17, 2022
Sam Lawson – In November 2018, Earthsight published an in-depth investigation in collaboration with Mongabay into the Tanah Merah oil palm project in Papua, on the Indonesian hal
March 4, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Pulpwood and palm oil companies were among the biggest contributors to the loss of a Manhattan-size area of forest in Indonesia's Papua region in 2021, a n
March 2, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, jakarta – A plan to clear forests in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua for food crops will release as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as Australia em
February 28, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected 16 hotspots indicating forest fires in five districts in East Kalimantan Province.
February 22, 2022
Asrida Elisabeth, Philip Jacobson, Jayapura and New York – A palm oil firm that was among more than 100 companies targeted in a mass cancellation of permits for plantations by Indonesia
February 17, 2022
Zely Ariane – As many as 2.7 million hectares of forest and peat areas in three regencies: Merauke, Mappi, and Boven Digoel will be converted for the Food Estate project.
February 1, 2022
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia has recorded mixed progress in its dual programs of restoring tropical peatlands and mangroves, acknowledging that achieving the latter goal will
January 1, 2022
Jakarta – The province of South Sulawesi is said to be heading for destruction or collapse due to the continuing loss of forest cover.
December 29, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia's land and forest fires burned a greater area this year than in 2020, with most of the fires occurring in West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tengga
December 27, 2021
Sanjeet Bagcchi – Restoration of Indonesian peatlands burned out by fires between 2004 and 2015 could have led to savings worth US$8.4 billion, making it a cost-effective strategy to re
December 15, 2021
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Restoring Indonesia's tropical peatlands is a cost-effective strategy to reduce the impacts of fires tearing through the carbon-rich soil, a new study says.
December 14, 2021
Theo Kelen, Jayapura, Jubi – In the past ten years, 700,000 hectares of Papua's forests have been damaged, Forest and Plantation Campaign Manager of the Indonesian Forum for the Environ
December 13, 2021
Singapore – Restoring Indonesia's damaged peat lands could bring economic savings of billions of dollars, an analysis shows, while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing hea
December 10, 2021
Joe Lo – On 25 November, a group of scientists, business people, civil servants and campaigners were gathered at a conference centre just south of Jakarta listening to a presentation by
December 6, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Bali, Indonesia – Palm oil industry watchdogs are warning of a possible surge in deforestation across Indonesia, after the government ended a three-year freeze on is
November 29, 2021
Luh De Suriyani, Penyaringan, Indonesia – Stretching across Bali's southwest coast and up into the mountainous hinterland is Jembrana, one of the least populated of the Indonesian islan
November 24, 2021
Jakarta – No matter how hard Indonesia tries to deny or attenuate the impact of deforestation and other environmental damages, nature speaks for itself.
November 15, 2021
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) spokesperson Nunu Anugrah in a written statement on Sunday said most of the deforestation for oil palm plantations in
November 12, 2021
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Treading carefully on bamboo walkways perched above the swamp, several top Indonesian officials arrived at Jakarta's nature park Angke Kapuk on Oct 13, ready to
November 11, 2021
Mahmud Ichi, Ternate, Indonesia – At the inauguration of the Guraping Mangrove Tourism Forest last month in Sofifi, a sleepy coastal town and capital of one of Indonesia's remotest prov
November 10, 2021
Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia says that forest loss over the last five years was as much as 2.13 million hectares or the equivalent of 3.5 times the size of the island of Bali.
November 5, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesian officials have backtracked on the country's pledge at the COP26 climate summit to end deforestation by 2030, calling it unfair and inappropriate
November 4, 2021
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia forest campaigner M.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that the claim by Environment and Forestry Minister (LHK) Siti Nurbaya Bakar that deforestation is acceptable for the sak
Jakarta – Indonesia's environment minister has dismissed as "inappropriate and unfair" a global plan to end deforestation by 2030, days after her country, home to a third of the world's
November 3, 2021
Eko Listiyorini – Indonesia, the world's biggest producer of palm oil, plans to balance keeping up production of the commodity to meet demand while fulfilling its pledge to end deforest
November 1, 2021
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) executive director Mufti Barri on Monday refuted the statement of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the G20 Summit who claim
October 21, 2021
Rebecca Ratcliffe – Almost one-fifth of the land used for Indonesian oil palm plantations is located in the country's forest estate, despite a law banning such activity, according to a
October 12, 2021
A. Asnawi, Pasuruan, Indonesia – Authorities in Indonesia have managed to put out a wildfire that had been tearing through a national park that's home to rare leopards and eagles.
October 11, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Activists are warning of "severe environmental and social risks" from plans by two of the world's largest paper companies to significantly expand their ope
October 5, 2021
Carolyn Cowan – Biologists often refer to the Wallacea region of Indonesia as a "living laboratory" for the study of evolution.
October 1, 2021
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Indonesia's moratorium on new permits for palm plantations ended on Sep 19 and the government has yet to make an announcement on whether it would be extended.
September 29, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – For decades, illegal logging and timber trafficking have destroyed forests across Indonesia, and with them the source of livelihoods of millions of Indigen
September 28, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A new study strengthens the case for redirecting a planned mining road around the largest surviving tract of lowland tropical rainforest on the Indonesian
Jakarta (Antara News) – Indonesia, home to one of the world's largest mangrove forests, has set a target of rehabilitating 150,000ha of its area under mangroves this year.
September 24, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Consumer goods behemoths such as Unilever, PepsiCo and Nestle that buy palm oil from Indonesia may be exposed to the environmental and social fallout from
September 23, 2021
[Newsroom Special Investigation: An Auckland property developer is involved in a company linked to carrying out deforestation in Indonesia, where virgin rainforest is being bulldozed to
September 19, 2021
Eko Listiyorini – Indonesia's moratorium on new oil palm plantation permits is set to expire this week as the industry awaits clarity on whether the government will extend the policy.