tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/indonesia1 indonesia news from mongabay.com 2014-11-26T06:51:12Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14073 2014-11-26T06:42:00Z 2014-11-26T06:51:12Z APP boosting timber productivity to support zero deforestation policy <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_0939.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Asia Pulp &amp; Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support its zero deforestation commitment. Rhett Butler 0.154868 102.100183 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14057 2014-11-21T17:57:00Z 2014-11-21T18:03:21Z Indonesia's anti-corruption agency questions former Minster of Forestry Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned the former Minister of Forestry about his role in altering zoning to facilitate oil palm expansion into public lands. The case centers around Riau Governor Annas Maamun, who allegedly accepted bribes to convert an area's status from 'production forest' into 'non-forested land'. Rhett Butler 0.494379 101.500969 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14055 2014-11-20T23:36:00Z 2014-11-24T03:28:29Z Ranking the world's best - and worst - palm oil companies in terms of sustainability <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1120-opp-out150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new initiative ranks the world's 25 largest publicly listed palm oil companies in terms of transparency around the environmental performance of their operations. The project, called Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit, was developed by The Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Rhett Butler 1.309319 109.666107 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14053 2014-11-20T19:12:00Z 2014-11-22T20:30:29Z Indonesia imposes moratorium on new logging permits <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0691.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia's new Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar imposed a moratorium on the issuance of all new logging permits a little over a week after being appointed in late October. The move is being celebrated by conservation groups and signals that interest in reforming Indonesia's notoriously corrupt and dysfunctional forestry sector has reached the highest levels of government, with direction coming from President Joko Widodo. Rhett Butler -1.900286 102.643547 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14051 2014-11-20T18:19:00Z 2014-11-20T18:21:29Z Indonesian government slow to reclaim lands damaged by coal mining Reclamation of over 830,000 hectares of abandoned mines has yet to begin in East Kalimantan, Indonesia--despite a provincial law passed over a year ago mandating the formation of commission to oversee the process. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14033 2014-11-17T20:21:00Z 2014-11-17T20:30:02Z Cargill to use drones to monitor zero deforestation commitment <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/aceh_1160.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Cargill will use Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs) and 'solar-powered, satellite-connected remote sensor networks' to monitor compliance with its new zero deforestation policy for palm oil, reports the agribusiness giant in its first progress report on its recent forest commitments. Rhett Butler -2.619326 104.297912 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14022 2014-11-14T21:21:00Z 2014-11-14T21:29:15Z Black market manta ray bust in Indonesia In the largest confiscation in Indonesia to-date, authorities seized 103kg of manta gills in Bali, and arrested one suspect. The dried gill plates were harvested from as many as 85 individuals and are worth about 175 million rupiah on the local market. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14008 2014-11-12T01:40:00Z 2014-11-25T23:30:22Z Only place where rhinos, tigers, elephants, and orangutans coexist is under threat <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1111-gfw-leuser-ecosystem150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A forest that is the only place where rhinos, tigers, elephants, and orangutans coexist is under threat from planned infrastructure, mining, logging, and plantation projects, warns a new report from the Rainforest Action Network. The report looks at one of the last vestiges of wilderness on the island of Sumatra, which for the past three decades has been heavily ravaged by logging, fires, and conversion to industrial timber and oil palm plantations. This area, known as the Leuser Ecosystem, is today a battleground between business-as-usual interests seeking to mine its forests and a collection of conservationists, local communities, and a collection of companies seeking to steward its resources. Rhett Butler 4.15057 97.86737 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13994 2014-11-10T04:27:00Z 2014-11-10T04:37:10Z Will merging competing ministries help save Indonesia's forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1109-sumatra_0543_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Newly elected Indonesian president Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo announced on October 26th that the Ministry of Forests and the Ministry of Environment would be combined and that Siti Nurbaya would become Forests and Environment Minister. The move was part of Jokowi’s appointment of 34 cabinet level positions, ranging from Foreign Minister to Religious Affairs Minister. Rhett Butler -6.224606 106.817101 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13986 2014-11-06T17:02:00Z 2014-11-10T16:56:15Z Indonesia's new president, ministers have big plans for fish <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0379.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo (or Jokowi, as he’s popularly called) spent half his 11-minute inaugural address thanking God, his partisans and the citizenry at large. For the rest of the speech he talked about oceans. Was this just rhetorical flourish, or does it portend a new seriousness about maritime management? Morgan Erickson-Davis -6.236231 106.805485 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13975 2014-11-04T05:55:00Z 2014-11-04T13:39:17Z Tiger traffickers busted in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1104tigerEvidence150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Two online merchants of tiger parts have been arrested in Indonesia. The bust was the result of a coordinated effort between local and national authorities, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which supports 'Wildlife Crimes Units' operating throughout the country. The arrests are a small success in the battle to curtail the trafficking of wildlife parts online—where sellers can readily connect with a broad international customer base. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13970 2014-11-03T17:17:00Z 2014-11-10T04:37:28Z Indonesian government's concession policy prioritizes companies over forest communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5260.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) analyzes 100 conflicts around the world in the mining, oil and gas, logging and agricultural sectors and examines how and why they come about. The report focuses on several emerging economies, including Brazil, Colombia, Liberia, Peru, and Indonesia. Rhett Butler -7.975598 140.364711 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13965 2014-10-30T17:54:00Z 2014-11-06T17:57:44Z Dissolving pulp: a growing threat to global forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1030-leaf-monkey-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dissolving pulp is not just a threat to the forests of Indonesia. It is a growing industry across the globe, and it’s putting several of the world’s endangered forests in jeopardy. Morgan Erickson-Davis -27.756190 29.509802 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13960 2014-10-30T03:51:00Z 2014-10-31T01:05:25Z Fashion industry making progress in cutting deforestation from clothing <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1353.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Several more clothing companies have committed to eliminate fiber produced via destruction of endangered forests, adding momentum to a zero deforestation movement within the fashion sector, argues a new report published by Canopy, an environmental non-profit. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13948 2014-10-27T23:31:00Z 2014-10-28T02:35:21Z In shakeup, Jokowi merges Indonesia's forest and environment ministries Indonesia's newly elected president Joko Widodo has merged the country's ministries of forestry and environment into a single entity and installed a woman at its head. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13941 2014-10-23T20:23:00Z 2014-10-23T21:35:02Z Beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products from 8 countries responsible for 1/3 of forest destruction Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world's forest loss, according to a new report. Those familiar with the long-standing effort to stop deforestation won't be surprised by the commodities named: beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products (including timber and paper). Nor will they be very surprised by most of the countries: Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Jeremy Hance 5.505705 101.755097 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13932 2014-10-21T18:31:00Z 2014-11-06T17:55:47Z 'No forests, no cash': palm oil giants commit to sustainability, but will they follow through? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0473.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Four of Indonesia’s largest palm oil producers signed a landmark commitment in New York in September to further implement sustainable practices across one of the country’s largest commercial sectors. Then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) witnessed the undertaking, which is hoped to expand the country’s palm oil industry while making it more environmentally friendly. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.060740 101.624061 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13930 2014-10-21T17:14:00Z 2014-10-22T20:40:51Z Coal, climate and orangutans – Indonesia’s quandary <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/150/kalimantan_0126.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What do the climate and orangutans have in common? They are both threatened by coal - the first by burning it, and the second by mining it. At the recent United Nations Climate Summit in New York, world leaders and multinational corporations pledged a variety of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation to avert a looming disaster caused by global warming. Tiffany Roufs -0.299076 117.110975 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13927 2014-10-21T14:47:00Z 2014-10-22T20:42:18Z Saving Asia's other endangered cats (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/LC_Ronglarp_HKK.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's no secret that when it comes to the wild cats of Asia&#8212;and, really, cats in general&#8212;tigers get all the press. In fact, tigers&#8212;down to an estimated 3,200 individuals&#8212;arguably dominate conservation across Asia. But as magnificent, grand, and endangered as the tigers are, there are a number of other felines in the region that are much less studied&#8212;and may be just as imperiled. Jeremy Hance 5.395824 117.268519 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13926 2014-10-21T03:15:00Z 2014-10-21T13:50:53Z Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1020-gar-concessions150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, warns a new report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. Rhett Butler 0.348127 111.743953 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13925 2014-10-20T18:00:00Z 2014-11-06T17:55:21Z Indonesia developing mega coal mine five times larger than Singapore <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1020-L1050236-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Global miner BHP Billiton and Indonesian partner PT Adaro are developing what could become the single largest mine in Indonesia in terms of land area, with BHP owning 75 percent. The IndoMet mine complex in Central and East Kalimantan provinces on Borneo comprises seven coal concessions, which cover 350,000 hectares, or about five times the size of Singapore. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.060110 114.873573 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13920 2014-10-17T20:44:00Z 2014-11-06T17:55:08Z Indonesia’s tough choice: capping coal as Asian demand grows <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1017-fogarty-L1050446-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid demands for electricity as the region builds out power grids to connect up millions of people to fuel prosperity. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.325944 115.733651 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13919 2014-10-17T18:55:00Z 2014-10-21T14:54:03Z Push to undermine Indonesia's new president could stymie environmental progress, say NGOs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0500.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> concerted push by political elites to undermine Indonesia's president before he even takes office could stymie progress on social and environmental issues in the country, say Indonesian civil society groups. On July 9, former Surakarta (Solo) and Jakarta mayor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo beat ex-general Prabowo Subianto in Indonesia's presidential election by 8.4 million votes. Yet despite the wide margin, Jokowi has been stung by a series of political setbacks that will hinder his ability to govern once he assumes office Monday. Rhett Butler -0.582265 114.409904 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13915 2014-10-16T18:12:00Z 2014-10-22T20:41:15Z To become less damaging, target non-forest lands for palm oil, says book <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1016-top-palm-oil-producers150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Palm oil production has been spectacularly profitable but ecologically disastrous across Southeast Asia, consuming millions of hectares of indigenous lands, rainforests, and peatlands in recent decades. That paradox has made the crop highly controversial despite its importance in providing a high-yielding source of vegetable oil. A new book, published freely online by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), weighs in on the debate and concludes &#8212; like many before it &#8212; that the problem is not the crop itself, but how it is produced. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13914 2014-10-16T16:00:00Z 2014-11-06T17:54:56Z Indonesia tries to clamp down on coal sector’s worst excesses <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/fogarty2-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.325944 115.733651 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13908 2014-10-14T20:28:00Z 2014-11-06T17:54:44Z India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1014-mizoram-6-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world's largest importer of palm oil, India is seeking to slake its thirst domestically. The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that India has the potential to cultivate oil palm in 1.03 million hectares of land--nearly the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut--and produce four to five million metric tons of palm oil per year. Morgan Erickson-Davis 23.194185 93.040281 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13909 2014-10-14T20:20:00Z 2014-10-14T20:33:19Z Plantation companies in Sumatra failing to meet fire prevention standards An inter-agency audit of 17 plantation and timber concessions in Riau Province, Indonesia, found that every company is failing to meet fire prevention and control standards. In addition, several companies are working in prohibited areas, including peatlands with depths over 3 meters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13907 2014-10-14T20:11:00Z 2014-10-16T18:58:39Z Rogue palm oil company appeals deforestation case to Indonesia's supreme court Oil palm company PT. Kallista Alam has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court continuing the closely-watched legal battle set to redefine Indonesia's commitment to environmental justice. Lawyers for the company filed the new appeal on October 6, claiming the initial case is invalid because it failed to include all relevant parties as defendants—including the governor of Aceh, who issued the concession permit in 2011. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13890 2014-10-08T20:19:00Z 2014-11-06T17:54:06Z Helping orangutans survive: new project aims to connect habitat fragments in Kalimantan (PART II) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1008-orang-outrop-5-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Two decades ago, a project to convert one million hectares of forest to rice paddies was undertaken by the Indonesian government in southern Kalimantan. The project was a massive failure and was eventually abandoned, but not before it destroyed critical orangutan habitat. Now a new project is trying to knit together what's left and turn the area's isolated orangutan populations into one of Borneo's largest. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.930780 112.637781 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13885 2014-10-07T18:51:00Z 2014-11-06T17:53:33Z Marooned in shrinking forests, Bornean orangutans hang on as disaster looms (PART I) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1007-oran-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The great apes are among some of the most endangered species on Earth, the targets of poachers and the victims of deforestation. However, from time-to-time there comes news of hope. A study published recently describes the dire situation faced by Bornean orangutans, as well as an ambitious project to help save them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.930780 112.637781 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13876 2014-10-05T22:37:00Z 2014-10-09T02:17:26Z Report rates palm oil companies on sustainability commitments <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/aceh_0913.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report published Forest Heroes, an advocacy campaign pushing for an end to deforestation, ranks global palm oil companies on their sustainability commitments. The Green Tigers, authored by Glen Hurowitz, reviews the recent history of environmental policies in the palm oil sector, beginning with the formation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004 through the wave of comprehensive zero deforestation commitments in 2013-2014. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13874 2014-10-05T06:01:00Z 2014-10-05T06:12:19Z Central Kalimantan to set up palm oil monitoring system to in bid cut deforestation 80% <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/indonesia/kalimantan/kali9753.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan is moving forward on an oil palm plantation monitoring system it hopes will help meet a commitment to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020. The online monitoring system will include "information on the performance of plantation concessions such as productivity, the number of smallholder farmers, deforestation and other land cover change, and fire occurrence," according to Earth Innovation Institute which designed and is helping the provincial government implement the system. Rhett Butler -2.487964 111.863086 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13873 2014-10-04T00:43:00Z 2014-10-04T00:53:47Z Companies hire local communities to evade palm oil restrictions in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5460.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As more palm oil companies are held accountable for deforestation in Indonesia, a growing number are hiring local communities to do their dirty work. According to the Oil Palm Farmers Union (SPKS), companies promise to buy mature fruits at attractive rates from smallholders and local villages who agree to clear and plant in protected forest areas. Through these agreements, companies distance themselves from the process, leaving the locals to bear responsibility for the destruction. Rhett Butler 4.149286 98.018425 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13861 2014-10-02T15:23:00Z 2014-10-03T04:05:48Z Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests, says Norwegian official <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1002-stig-traavik150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite having a deforestation rate that now outpaces that of the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia is beginning to undertake critical reforms necessary to curb destruction of its carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands, says a top Norwegian official. Speaking with mongabay.com in Jakarta on Monday, Stig Traavik, Norway's ambassador to Indonesia, drew parallels between recent developments in Indonesia and initiatives launched in Brazil a decade ago, when deforestation was nearly five times higher than it is today. Rhett Butler 5.252333 95.678852 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13854 2014-10-01T18:47:00Z 2014-10-01T18:53:44Z Officials bust one of the biggest players in illegal Indonesian manta ray trade <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1001-bust-gillclose-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Writing this from a hotel room in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, I realize that I am filled with trepidation as I wait for the phone next to me to ring. When it does, the voice on the other end will tell me it’s go time; the culmination of many years of work towards ending the global trade in manta ray gills. Morgan Erickson-Davis -7.275069 112.734365 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13851 2014-09-30T23:40:00Z 2014-10-01T02:50:35Z High Court denies appeal by palm oil company that cleared protected peat forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0435.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Furthering Indonesia's renewed commitment to environmental justice, the High Court of Banda Aceh denied an appeal by PT. Kallista Alam, the oil palm company found guilty of destroying over 1,000 hectares of protected peat forest in Gunung Leuser ecosystem. The Court upheld the previous ruling, which fined the company 366 billion rupiah ($30 million) in penalties and restoration fees. Rhett Butler 4.143465 96.128556 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13849 2014-09-30T15:40:00Z 2014-09-30T16:15:45Z Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer's zero deforestation commitment Malaysian palm oil company Genting Plantations is continuing to destroy forests despite a high-profile pledge by one of its customers to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain, alleges a report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. Rhett Butler 1.1897898 110.790518 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13840 2014-09-26T09:37:00Z 2014-10-01T02:39:36Z Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0926-indonesia-coal-mine150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies stretch before his house. The price of chili — a staple commodity in Indonesia — has been stable for six months. From his 2,000 plants he hopes to earn 40 million rupiah ($3,400), much of which he wants to invest in expanding his crop. That is, if his farm can survive the threats that have destroyed so many of his neighbor's. Rhett Butler -0.531027 117.2387 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13817 2014-09-23T18:13:00Z 2014-11-06T17:52:28Z Dissolving pulp: the threat to Indonesia’s forests you’ve probably never heard of <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923-orang-thumb-1.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If the term “dissolving pulp” evokes nothing for you, you’re not alone. Not many people have heard of it, and the very term “dissolving pulp” is so generic it’s hard to imagine it could be a threat to anything. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.438037 99.996098 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13809 2014-09-19T22:49:00Z 2014-09-20T12:53:25Z After 12 years, Indonesia finally ratifies transboundary haze agreement <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/0920gfwfires150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia ended 12 years of stalling this week, becoming the last ASEAN nation to ratify an agreement on transboundary haze. As smoke from more than 1,200 fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan pushed air pollution in neighboring Singapore to 'unhealthy' levels, the Indonesian House of Representatives ratified the 2002 ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13799 2014-09-18T19:26:00Z 2014-11-06T17:07:32Z Legislation protecting Indonesia's indigenous communities is not good enough, says advocacy group <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0918-fronds-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Approaching final legalization, an advocacy group for Indonesia’s indigenous communities has asked to postpone passing a bill granting protections to indigenous people, stating some demands still need to be addressed. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.471485 100.315548 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13789 2014-09-17T08:55:00Z 2014-09-18T12:26:49Z Activists urge outgoing Indonesian president to protect key forest area before he steps down Activists have launched an urgent appeal calling upon outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step up protection of the only ecosystem that houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13784 2014-09-16T18:03:00Z 2014-11-06T17:51:43Z From 'production' forests to protected forests, groups work to save Sumatran orangutan habitat. But will it be enough? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0584.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The orangutan is native exclusively to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra — two regions that have seen the brunt of Indonesia's recent forest destruction due primarily to logging and plantation development. Although there are anywhere from 45,000 to 69,000 Bornean orangutans remaining in the wild, the Sumatran species numbers only about 7,300 according to a 2004 survey, and is dwindling further every year. Morgan Erickson-Davis 3.096116 97.700802 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13783 2014-09-15T16:52:00Z 2014-09-18T14:34:16Z Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0914.earless.monitor.Facebok-EML.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence. Jeremy Hance 3.284402 114.791102 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13780 2014-09-14T07:48:00Z 2014-09-19T08:37:29Z Indonesia's secret treasures: islands passed over by loggers, hunters and conservationists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0914island150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As our boat sailed towards the forest-clad island, I had no idea what surprise awaited me. A few months ago I was asked to conduct a wildlife survey on a rarely visited island somewhere in Indonesia. For reasons explained below I will not disclose its name. Suffice to say it is one of the thousands of Indonesian islands without people on it. In terms of the wildlife I saw, the absence of people really showed. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13779 2014-09-13T23:52:00Z 2014-09-14T07:50:58Z Domestic conservation: Indonesia’s rich should step up to save nation’s dwindling natural resources Indonesia’s middle and upper classes are becoming increasingly interested and supportive of environmental conservation. Still, they have some way to go to become real leaders and trendsetters on this important issue. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13777 2014-09-12T18:31:00Z 2014-09-12T18:35:36Z Palm oil company continues to operate illegal plantation despite court ruling A palm oil company in Central Kalimantan continues to operate business as usual, despite a Supreme Court ruling confirming it has no legal permit to do so. Since 2009, PT Hati Prima Agro (HPA), a subsidiary of palm oil giant Bumitama Gunajaya Agro Group (BGA), has cleared over 7,000 ha of land in Central Kalimantan, even though their permits were revoked by the Ministry of Forestry in 2008. Rhett Butler -1.480243 112.530012 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13748 2014-09-05T21:03:00Z 2014-09-05T21:17:39Z Companies at risk of sourcing illegal palm oil despite zero deforestation commitments, finds investigation Major palm oil suppliers may be continuing to buy tainted palm oil despite high-profile commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains, reports a new investigation published by Eyes on the Forest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13746 2014-09-05T19:01:00Z 2014-11-06T17:49:15Z Canada, Russia, Brazil lead world in old-growth forest loss <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0905-log-road-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every day, the world loses about 50,000 hectares of forest to agricultural clearing, road development, and other human activities, constricting true wilderness into smaller and smaller areas – along with the species that inhabit them. New analysis and maps released this week show these last vestiges are disappearing at a quick pace, with more than 104 million hectares degraded from 2000 to 2013. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.952080 -52.828939 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13745 2014-09-05T13:49:00Z 2014-09-05T16:35:03Z APP can meet projected pulp demand without clearing more forest Indonesian forestry giant Asia Pulp &amp; Paper (APP) won't need to clear additional forests to meet pulp requirements for current and forecast mill expansion, finds an independent assessment conducted by The Forest Trust (TFT) and Ata Marie. Rhett Butler 1.5077 101.77145 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13744 2014-09-05T03:48:00Z 2014-09-05T03:51:10Z How Islam could help save Aceh's forests Aceh, Indonesia has found a new ally in the struggle to protect the province's remaining natural forests: Sharia law. Rhett Butler 4.893941 95.799179 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13738 2014-09-04T16:43:00Z 2014-09-04T19:41:56Z Indonesia to verify ownership of 66M ha of disputed forest land <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0536.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Indonesian government has declared it will verify ownership of 66.3 million hectares of disputed forest land by the end of the year. Through the development of a Recognition and Verification of Rights scheme (PPH), the Forestry Department will inventory and evaluate the status of all government land where indigenous people and other groups hold conflicting claims of ownership. Indonesia currently considers 122.2 million hectares of forested land—almost 64% of the country—to be state-owned. They hope to resolve all conflicting claims to the area by the end of 2015. Rhett Butler -0.4779 111.505337 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13728 2014-08-28T23:43:00Z 2014-08-28T23:52:38Z Indonesia's national airline to start using palm oil biofuel Indonesia's national airline, Garuda Indonesia, says it will start mixing palm oil-based biofuel with its jet fuel as part of an initiative to "reduce" carbon emissions, reports The Jakarta Post. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13724 2014-08-28T17:31:00Z 2014-08-28T17:34:33Z Indonesian authorities bust porcupine-smuggling ring Police in Langkat, North Sumatera, Indonesia, seized 55 porcupines from smugglers preparing to ship the animals to China. Three suspects were detained during last week's operation, while their accomplices remain at large. Dozens more animals reportedly obtained from dealers in Medan are still unaccounted for. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13723 2014-08-27T23:55:00Z 2014-11-20T20:34:04Z Meeting an Illegal Logger <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0827logger150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>'I make six times the amount of money logging as I would working my small plot of land or even working legally in a pulp and paper or palm oil plantation.' An illegal logger explains the economic conditions in South Sumatra. Mongabay Special Reporting Fellow Robert S. Eshelman interviews an illegal logger in Indonesia on the topic of cleaning up commodity supply chains. Tiffany Roufs -3.483145 104.340247 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13717 2014-08-26T20:18:00Z 2014-08-27T16:58:24Z How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/sabah_1454.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests&#8212;also known as old-growth forests&#8212;are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it. Jeremy Hance 5.159093 116.924597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13716 2014-08-26T19:35:00Z 2014-11-06T17:48:12Z What lies within, we may never know: deforestation threatening Sulawesi’s unique wildlife <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/indonesia/sulawesi/sulawesi6483.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For 10 million years the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has been disconnected from other landforms, almost inviting evolution to color outside the lines. Despite a growing population and limited space, Sulawesi has managed to provide a safe haven to hundreds of unique species as they evolved over millennia. But that haven may soon be lost to uncontrolled extraction of forest products from Sulawesi’s many pristine ecosystems. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.460181 120.146481 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13709 2014-08-22T21:56:00Z 2014-08-22T22:07:08Z Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_0709.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president. Rhett Butler -0.899125 119.834549 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13701 2014-08-22T17:09:00Z 2014-08-22T17:11:53Z Under pressure over pollution complaints, Aceh calls for closure of gold mines In the wake of massive fish die-offs and repeated calls from environmental groups to do more than just talk about the issue, the government of Aceh has called for the closure of all illegal gold mines throughout the province. Several members of the Regional Leadership Coordination Forum signed a written appeal for illegal miners to immediately stop their operations. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13700 2014-08-22T16:17:00Z 2014-08-22T16:36:18Z Of Prawns and Men on the Bali Strait <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/madagascar/150/madagascar_7917.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Why is shrimp so cheap? The answer: it's not. An in depth look at the shrimp farm industry in Indonesia and the true cost of this universally enjoyed delicacy. This article by Melati Kaye first appeared in the Seashore Issue of the culinary magazine Lucky Peach and was funded under Mongabay.org's Special Reporting Initiatives program. Tiffany Roufs -8.102039 114.425000 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13694 2014-08-21T01:02:00Z 2014-08-21T02:10:16Z Indonesia's forests so damaged they burn whether or not there's drought <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1070.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia. While these fires are often termed forest fires, the reality is much of the area that burns each year has already been deforested and today mostly consists of grass, scrub, and remnants of what was once forest. But the impacts are nonetheless very substantial, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>. Rhett Butler 1.974402 100.630431 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13685 2014-08-19T05:18:00Z 2014-08-19T05:34:50Z Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/australia/150/australia_mossman_gorge_071.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative. But how effective have those funds been in actually protecting forests? Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13684 2014-08-19T01:44:00Z 2014-08-21T02:10:01Z 20 orangutan pictures for World Orangutan Day <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0909.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>August 19 is World Orangutan Day, a designation intended to raise awareness about the great red ape, which is threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade, and hunting. Once distributed across much of southeast Asia, today orangutans are only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Both species of orangutan &#8212; the Sumatran and the Bornean &#8212; are considered endangered. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13678 2014-08-16T19:43:00Z 2014-08-27T21:01:07Z Indonesian govt reiterates plan to clear 14M ha of forest by 2020 The Indonesian government is pressing forward with plans to clear 14 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2020 despite a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Rhett Butler -3.118576 102.90576 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13677 2014-08-16T18:48:00Z 2014-08-16T18:55:20Z Bali uprising: Plan to convert protected area into golf courses, mall spurs outrage <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0815protest150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, and concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia has given the green light to a controversial development project in Benoa Bay. The plan would convert 700 acres of theoretically protected mangrove and ocean front into a tourist haven of golf courses, hotels, luxury shopping and attractions rumored to include a race track and theme park. The move has sparked a series of protests and demonstrations by local citizens and environmental groups concerned that the development will kill livelihoods and destroy the fragile marine ecosystem. Rhett Butler -8.821635 115.220463 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13669 2014-08-14T23:15:00Z 2014-09-23T01:56:10Z Elephant poaching soars as Sumatran forests turn into plantations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0814-sum-elephants-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There has been a spike in elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, and conversion of rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes. The number of Sumatran elephants poached in the province of Riau so far this year is staggering, with 22 reported kills in the first six months of 2014 compared to 14 for the entirety of 2013. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.410429 101.647161 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13667 2014-08-14T18:52:00Z 2014-11-06T17:45:07Z Indonesia cracks down on illegal burning, investigates more suspect companies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0814-burn-riau-rhett-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian forest are illegally burned by development companies. However, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, is optimistic that legal charges over such fires can be completed – even though he has just three months left in office. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.331012 101.394371 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13661 2014-08-13T19:38:00Z 2014-08-13T19:41:47Z Aceh backtracking on mining moratorium, continues to issue permits <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0813JUNAIDI_TAMBANG-EMAS150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Governor of Aceh Province, Indonesia appears unwilling to implement a mining moratorium, despite repeated statements he intends to do so. Governor Zaini Abdullah, a co-founder of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM), has said on several occasions that he believes there should be a moratorium on mining licenses, however watch-groups claim no official policy has been enacted. Rhett Butler 4.409398 97.175231 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13658 2014-08-13T12:22:00Z 2014-08-13T12:36:35Z Forgotten species: the exotic squirrel with a super tail <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0813.Central-Kalimantan,-Erik-Meijaard.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With among the world's largest tails compared to body-size, the tufted ground squirrel just might be the most exotic squirrel species on the planet. Found only on the island of Borneo, this threatened species is also surrounded by wild tales, including the tenacity to take down a deer for dinner. New research explores the squirrel's monster tail and whether other tales about it may be true. Jeremy Hance 1.187729 114.549402 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13651 2014-08-12T01:18:00Z 2014-08-12T03:08:13Z Half of Riau's oil palm plantations are illegal Half of the oil palm plantations in Sumatra's Riau Province are illegal, said Indonesia's top forestry official. Rhett Butler 0.065918 101.5874 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13645 2014-08-11T14:30:00Z 2014-08-12T13:18:37Z Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0811.children.4-Future.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever: in fact a recent study found that the island has lost 30 percent of its total forest cover since 1973. In the face of this large-scale environmental destruction, a new study finds that Indonesian Borneo's children have a pessimistic view of their future. Jeremy Hance -0.910536 114.307703 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13644 2014-08-11T04:23:00Z 2014-08-11T04:33:31Z Aceh's largest peat swamp at risk from palm oil Oil palm plantations and other developments are threatening Rawa Singkil Wildlife Preserve—Aceh's largest peat swamp, and home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. The lack of clear boundaries, and construction of roads bisecting the area has fostered encroachment by local and outside entrepreneurs, including some former local officials, reports Abu Hanifah Lubis, Program Manager of Yayasan Leuser Internasional (YLI). Rhett Butler 2.60355 97.807059 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13637 2014-08-07T02:33:00Z 2014-08-07T02:39:49Z Singapore to fine domestic, foreign companies for causing haze Singapore's parliament has approved a controversial measure that could penalize companies &#8212; both foreign and domestic &#8212; that are responsible for causing haze overseas, reports Reuters. Rhett Butler 1.288982 103.850518 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13634 2014-08-06T00:57:00Z 2014-08-06T01:00:08Z Oil palm, mining prompts local govt in Borneo to declare water unsafe for drinking The Environment Ministry of Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia declared that the water in many rivers and lakes is unsuitable for consumption due to high levels of pollution. Rhett Butler 0.364606 111.641296 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13624 2014-08-04T20:13:00Z 2014-11-06T17:44:27Z Tin mining, palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0804-tarsier-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra, has experienced an uptick in tourism recently due to its unspoiled white sand beaches and turquoise waters. But next to all of the beauty, an environmental tragedy is quietly unfolding: the island’s primary forests are being cut down at an alarming rate in favor of mining and palm oil plantations. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.939268 107.975917 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13613 2014-07-31T05:10:00Z 2014-07-31T17:22:55Z Poachers target elephants, tigers in Sumatran park The Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh, Indonesia is gaining the attention of international animal traffickers, according to the Leuser Conservation Forum (FKL). From the beginning of 2013, FKL patrols have dismantled 282 makeshift traps targeting high value threatened species, and the situation is getting worse. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13595 2014-07-29T02:18:00Z 2014-07-29T03:43:28Z Palm oil company clears rainforest in New Guinea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/aceh_1423.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An Indonesian Stock Exchange-listed company whose commissioner is a member of The Nature Conservancy-Indonesia's board has been clearing dense rainforest in New Guinea, finds a new report from Greenomics-Indonesia. The report is based on analysis of data from Global Forest Watch, NASA satellites, Indonesia's Ministry of Forestry, and company documents. Rhett Butler -1.830972 132.477214 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13588 2014-07-25T20:15:00Z 2014-07-31T14:49:46Z Seafood apartments and other experiments in fixing Indonesia's fisheries (Part IV) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0716KAYE-PART-4-3_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Shrimp farms, industrial plants, and one of Indonesia's busiest thoroughfares make up Java's north coast today. It's a very different scene from the fishing villages with beachfront boat parking that stood here decades earlier. Which begs the question, where will fish live in this new 'coast without mangroves, without coral, without seagrass,' asks Alan Koropitan, a marine biologist based at Bogor Agricultural University. Tiffany Roufs -6.630277 110.281225 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13587 2014-07-24T23:40:00Z 2014-07-25T04:12:22Z True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0724-commforest-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation is compromising forests around the world, destroying vital habitat and causing greenhouse gases emissions that are contributing to global warming. A new report released today finds a possible solution: protecting forests by empowering the local communities that live within them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.512761 -55.993002 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13586 2014-07-24T22:57:00Z 2014-09-29T01:05:25Z A letter to Indonesia's new president on his environmental policy <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5126.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Congratulations on your successful bid for the Indonesian presidency. Although neither you nor your opponent spent much time focusing on the environment, the world hopes your previous record in Surakarta (Solo) and Jakarta, coupled with the idealistic language in your campaign platform, is evidence enough of your intent to slow the rapid destruction of Indonesia's environment. It will be a long and challenging road, but the Indonesian people have entrusted their country to you based on the promises you made to them. The world looks forward to watching you enact policies that keep these promises. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13574 2014-07-22T23:03:00Z 2014-07-23T08:41:17Z NASA: Sumatra fires in the rise The number of fires burning in Sumatra's Riau Province doubled on Sunday, raising concerns that dry conditions could unleash an especially severe haze this dry season in Indonesia. Rhett Butler 1.911267 101.598415 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13573 2014-07-22T21:37:00Z 2014-07-22T22:20:26Z 'A high price to pay': new Indonesian peatland regulation may do more harm than good <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0722-peat-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Government Regulation on Peatland Ecosystem Protection and Management, initially drafted by the Ministry of Forestry in 2013, is getting mixed acceptance from civil society. On one hand, the regulation would offer more protection to the country’s vast peatland areas. However, on the other, some NGOs have slammed the draft as a potential source of new conflicts for local people. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.712921 102.020697 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13570 2014-07-22T18:18:00Z 2014-07-25T20:23:21Z Over-depleted and undermanaged: can Indonesia turn around its fisheries? (Part III) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0716KAYE-PART-3-4_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Compared to maritime ministries worldwide, Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) is a teenaged neophyte. The governing body was formed a mere 13 years ago;a staggering fact for a country made up of two-thirds water where many of the 250 million people depend on fish for both protein and income. Mongabay.org's SRI Fellow Melati Kaye reports on the state of Indonesian fisheries in the third installment of a four-part series. Tiffany Roufs -6.630277 110.281225 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13564 2014-07-21T17:08:00Z 2014-11-25T22:28:21Z Surprising habitat: camera traps reveal high mammal diversity in forest patches within oil palm plantations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0721-orang-camtrap-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>After more than four and a half years of camera trap footage, the results are encouraging: 36 mammal species, of which more than half are legally protected, are prospering in this most surprising of spots: an oil palm plantation in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.946881 116.458530 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13562 2014-07-20T23:00:00Z 2014-07-20T23:10:07Z What is peat swamp, and why should I care? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_3792.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burned away to make room plantations and construction. Now, as alternating cycles of fires and flood create larger development problems, while greenhouse gas emissions skyrocket, it is time to take a closer look at peat, and understand why clearing it is a very bad idea. Rhett Butler 0.20874 103.390732 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13560 2014-07-18T17:09:00Z 2014-07-25T20:23:39Z Boom but mostly bust: fighting over sardines in Indonesia's Bali Strait (Part II) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0708_lemuru_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fifty-five crewmen, stripped to their briefs, sing Madurese sea shanties to synchronized gestures as they haul in giant seine nets, hand-over-hand, onto the swaying wooden deck of the M/V Sinar Indah out in the middle of the Bali Strait. This morning they had offloaded a bumper haul at their homeport of Muncar: seven tons of lemuru sardines Sardinella lemuru, the local specialty, for which dockside cannery agents offered $3,500. Tiffany Roufs -8.409964 114.358389 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13554 2014-07-16T21:09:00Z 2014-08-10T18:23:18Z 30% of Borneo's rainforests destroyed since 1973 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/borneo-forest-cover-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>More than 30 percent of Borneo's rainforests have been destroyed over the past forty years due to fires, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest cover to date. The research, published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, shows that just over a quarter of Borneo's lowland forests remain intact. Rhett Butler 0.900842 114.803696 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13531 2014-07-11T20:45:00Z 2014-07-11T21:53:15Z New palm oil sustainability manifesto met with criticism from environmentalists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/aceh_0831.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This week several palm oil giants announced new environmental criteria for palm oil production. The companies say the initiative goes beyond the industry-leading standard set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but two prominent environmental groups quickly disagreed, arguing the measure has substantial loopholes that will allow growers to continue destroying forests. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13510 2014-07-08T21:17:00Z 2014-07-11T20:45:14Z APP won't acquire companies that continue to destroy forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5260.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Asia Pulp &amp; Paper (APP) will not acquire companies that continue to destroy forests, according to a new procedure for association introduced by the Indonesian forestry giant. The procedure, developed after months of consultations with NGOs, effectively closes a loophole some environmentalists feared would allow APP to sidestep its zero deforestation commitment by acquiring companies that continued to clear forest after its February 5, 2013 deadline. Rhett Butler 0.641314 101.788231 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13502 2014-07-08T15:34:00Z 2014-07-25T20:24:22Z A tale of two fish: cyanide fishing and foreign bosses off Sulawesi's coast (Part I) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0703_grouper_4_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In spring and summer, after the monsoon storms have passed, the fishing boats set out again from tiny Kodingareng Island in the Spermonde Archipelago off the coast of South Sulawesi. In the afternoon heat, Abdul Wahid joins his fellow fishermen in the narrow shade of the beachfront village houses to check out the daily fish prices. Tiffany Roufs -5.105219 119.285172 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13494 2014-07-04T17:19:00Z 2014-07-04T17:35:05Z APP: Indonesia needs a new business model <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_0980.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In response to news that Indonesia has now surpassed Brazil as the world's top deforester, the head of sustainability at one of Indonesia's biggest forestry companies is calling for a new business model in how the Southeast Asian nation manages its forest. In a letter published Friday, Aida Greenbury, Asia Pulp & Paper's Managing Director Sustainability, said Indonesia needs to take a more comprehensive approach to tackling deforestation. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13493 2014-07-04T16:45:00Z 2014-07-04T16:59:30Z Do Indonesians really want more big plantations? How to best use Indonesia’s land resources? This is one of the more crucial questions facing the Presidential candidates in Indonesia’s upcoming elections. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13489 2014-07-03T16:52:00Z 2014-07-06T16:19:33Z Next big idea in forest conservation? The 'double-edged sword' of democracy <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0703.sheil.gorilla.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Douglas Sheil considers himself an ecologist, but his research includes both conservation and management of tropical forests. Currently teaching at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Sheil has authored and co-authored over 200 publications including scholarly articles, books, and popular articles on the subject. Jeremy Hance -0.987945 29.672290 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13480 2014-07-01T20:30:00Z 2014-11-06T17:08:05Z On the brink of extinction: Javan rhino has new enemy in invasive palm <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0701-javan-rhino-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The last of Indonesia's critically endangered Javan rhinoceroses have survived poachers, rapid deforestation and life in the shadow of one of the archipelago's most active volcanoes. But an invasive plant is now posing a new threat to the world's rarest species of rhino. Morgan Erickson-Davis -6.755759 105.200048 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13475 2014-06-30T21:54:00Z 2014-06-30T22:57:56Z Oil palm plantations degrade local water quality relative to community forests Oil palm plantations are not only encroaching on forests, they are also degrading water quality, finds a new study published in the <i>Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13470 2014-06-30T19:28:00Z 2014-11-06T17:07:49Z New report: illegal logging keeps militias and terrorist groups in business <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0630-peacekeepers-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Released last week by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) during the first United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, a new report found that together with other other illicit activities such as poaching, illegal deforestation is one of the top money-makers for criminal groups like Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.432117 21.156799 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13465 2014-06-29T23:04:00Z 2014-07-04T17:33:22Z Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/ANNUAL-primary-forest-loss-indonesia150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite a high-level pledge to combat deforestation and a nationwide moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions, deforestation has continued to rise in Indonesia, according to a new study published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Annual forest loss in the southeast Asian nation is now the highest in the world, exceeding even Brazil. Rhett Butler -4.127285 104.840697 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13450 2014-06-26T04:45:00Z 2014-06-26T13:17:27Z Despite early headwinds, Indonesia's biggest REDD+ project moves forward in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0625-rimba-ryra-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just over a year ago, the Indonesian government officially approved the country's first REDD+ forest carbon conservation project: Rimba Raya, which aims to protect more than 64,000 hectares of peat forest in Central Kalimantan. The approval came after years of delays from the Ministry of Forestry and a substantial reduction in the project's concession area. But InfiniteEarth, the firm behind the project, pressed on. Now a year later, Rimba Raya's is not only still in business, but is scaling up its operations. Rhett Butler -3.262548 112.030914 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13439 2014-06-24T18:10:00Z 2014-06-24T18:12:27Z Indonesian presidential candidates ignore environmental concerns as haze returns New data from NASA and the World Resources Institute (WRI) show that peat fires are again burning in Sumatra, yet both leading presidential contenders are ignoring the issue of climate change, says a top official. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13431 2014-06-23T22:02:00Z 2014-06-23T22:11:01Z Wilmar to investigate palm oil company allegedly destroying orangutan forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0623greenomicsgfw150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A Wilmar supplier is allegedly destroying orangutan habitat in Indonesian Borneo, potentially putting it in breach of the plantation giant's zero deforestation policy, reports Greenomics. According to analysis of satellite data by Greenomics, PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari (SJAL) has cleared an area of forest that is classified as orangutan habitat. Rhett Butler -0.380742 110.379626