Jakarta – The province of South Sulawesi is said to be heading for destruction or collapse due to the continuing loss of forest cover.
Deforestation & Forest Fires
January 1, 2022
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.
September 17, 2021
Jakarta – Green groups on Thursday urged Indonesia to extend a moratorium on new palm oil permits and improve its implementation, warning of a risk of losing millions of acres of forest
September 7, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Clearing of natural forests has been detected on land licensed to a subsidiary of South Korean paper company Moorim in Indonesia's easternmost region of Pa
September 3, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Three palm oil companies have sued the local government in Indonesia's West Papua province after their plantation licenses were revoked following a recent
August 25, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Officials and activists in Indonesia are calling for the renewal of a ban on issuing new licenses for oil palm plantations, with the moratorium set to expi
August 17, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An area of rainforest nearly five times the size of London has been destroyed in the past two decades in Indonesian New Guinea, home to Asia Pacific's larg
Sudibyo Wiradji – Sumatra is home to a large proportion of the peatlands of Indonesia and that is why fortified efforts to protect the peatland ecosystem on the island are indispensable
August 13, 2021
Sudibyo Wiradji – As the dry season continues, heed must be given to peatland forests in Indonesia, especially on Kalimantan Island.
August 5, 2021
New Guinea, the world's largest tropical island, is also the most floristically diverse island in the world.
July 26, 2021
Sudibyo Wiradji, Jakarta – Indonesia is scrambling to restore its sizeable mangrove forest loss, with the national Peatland and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM) tasked with accelerati
July 15, 2021
Becky Bargh – Korean Palm oil giant Korindo has had its trademark license with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stripped after a BBC investigation found the group had deliberately s
June 24, 2021
Audrey Tan, Singapore – There is a low risk of severe haze originating from forest fires in Indonesia this year, a local think-tank has assessed.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A major palm oil company supplying to global brands like Nestle and PepsiCo continues to source the raw commodity from plantations responsible for deforest
June 3, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Palm oil licenses covering concessions twice the size of Los Angeles have been rescinded by the local government in Indonesia's West Papua province due to
May 31, 2021
Yudi Abdullah, Fardah, Palembang, South Sumatra – Activists of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) chapter in South Sumatra reported about hundreds of hotspots with the potential
May 7, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia could lose an area of tropical rainforest bigger than Belgium to oil palm plantations over the next three years without existing measures to slow
April 26, 2021
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A litany of loopholes and violations have undercut the Indonesian government's forest protection policies, allowing oil palm companies to continue obtainin
April 20, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesia has officially agreed to co-chair an international alliance that brings together producers and consumers of forest agriculture and commodities.
April 13, 2021
Greenpeace has warned that left unchecked, forest clearance in West Papua could undo Indonesia's progress in tackling climate change.
April 9, 2021
David Fogarty, Singapore – Indonesia has made significant strides in controlling forest and land fires and aims to reduce their incidence even further by all means possible, Indonesia's