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
Deforestation & Forest Fires
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
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
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.
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
September 15, 2023
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
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
September 14, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – U.S.
September 13, 2023
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
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
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
Jayapura, Jubi – Greenpeace Indonesia's Forest Campaigner Nico Wamafma said that during the period 2000-2020, Papua had lost natural forests of 641,400 hectares.
Fuad Iqbal Abdullah, Banjarbaru – Indonesian authorities deployed two helicopters to conduct water bombing operations in burning forests and peatlands across Kalimantan but the efforts
August 16, 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – Greenpeace Indonesia Forest Campaigner Nico Wamafma says it takes commitment from the central government and local governments in Papua to protect Papua's natural fores
August 9, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A new foundation has been established to support Indonesian farmers in protecting forests and selling their sustainably produced products to the global mar
Supriyanto Khafid, Jakarta – Forest fire occurred in the valley of Mount Rinjani, as part of the Mount Rinjani National Park (MRNP) on Friday, August 4, 2023.
August 7, 2023
Naufal Ridhwan, Jakarta – Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan opposed the EU's Anti-Deforestation Law (EUDR), claiming the bill to be discriminatory and a hinder to trade.
August 6, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The European Union (EU), Malaysia, and Indonesia have agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Joint Task Force (JTF) on the European Union Deforestation-Free Regulation (
August 1, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia's highest court has upheld a $61 million fine against an oil palm company over massive fires on its plantation that razed an area seven times the
July 30, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) on Thursday detected 74 hotspots of wildfires in several areas of East Kalimantan province amid the ongoing
July 24, 2023
Jakarta – Indonesian authorities said on Monday the number of areas where wildfires could occur has doubled over the past week due to dry weather, raising concerns over widespread fores
Indonesia's oldest women's Islamic organization will prepare volunteers in Kalimantan and Sumatra to open clean air sanctuaries, should a strengthening El Nino accelerate wildfir
July 20, 2023
Hreeloita DS, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported that, based on data collected from June 17 to July 17, 2023, it has identified 490 hotsp
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has justified a sweeping amnesty for millions of hectares of oil palm plantations established illegally in forest areas, saying t
July 18, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesian officials say the country's deforestation rate continued to decline for the third year running, hitting a historical low in 2021-2022.
July 7, 2023
Yogi Eka Sahputra, Batam – The Environment and Forestry (KLHK) Ministry's Director General of Law Enforcement Rasio Ridho Sani said the ministry has named a suspect in the illegal expor
July 6, 2023
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Most of Indonesia's carbon-rich peatlands aren't protected, according to a new study that calls for prioritizing much-needed restoration efforts for these areas
July 5, 2023
Mongabay Haze Beat – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has warned of potentially dangerous weather conditions accelerating across the archipelago in the coming months, as the nation's me
July 4, 2023
When battling to protect Indonesia's peatlands during wildfire crises in 2015 and 2019, most volunteer firefighters confronted the infernos with a dire shortage of equipment and technol
July 3, 2023
Tri Listiyarini, Jakarta – The deforestation rate in Indonesia showed a notable decline of 8.4 percent for the period of 2021-2022 compared to the previous year's monitoring results.
July 1, 2023
Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – In the sky above Sumatra, cloud-seeding aircraft have been trying to induce rain, even in these wetter months, to fill up dams and prevent flammable pea
June 30, 2023
David ALed Williams – Environmental groups are stressing the importance of the 2024 elections for the future of Indonesia's forests.
June 28, 2023
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment or Walhi commented on the government's plan of bleaching or pardoning 3.3 million hectares of oil palm land in for
June 27, 2023
Jakarta – Indonesia, home to a third of the world's rainforests, has seen its annual deforestation drop by 8.4 percent, the Environment and Forestry ministry said on Monday, attributing
June 12, 2023
Sean Goulding Carroll – Indonesia and Malaysia have accused the EU's anti-deforestation law of unfairly penalising small farmers, arguing that the regulation's complex requirements will
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The Indonesian government's decision to revoke hundreds of logging, plantation and mining permits across the country is marred with irregularities includin
June 2, 2023
Philip Jacobson – A renewable energy project that received millions of dollars in climate financing from the Indonesian government is bulldozing rainforest in the nation's Papua provinc
June 1, 2023
The Gecko Project – Millions of dollars in green financing intended to help Indonesia reduce its carbon emissions have been invested in a project that is destroying rainforest in Papua.
May 27, 2023
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Top officials from Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's biggest palm oil producers, will meet European Union policymakers in Brussels amid a diplomatic stan