Oil palm expansion in the Philippines leading to illegal deforestation and rights violations, CALG says

Monday, April 29th, 2019

In the province of Palawan, indigenous communities and civil society have denounced illegal clearing of pristine forests and indigenous rights violations by oil palm companies.

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Indonesian palm oil company embroiled in lawsuit for burning forest in Kalimantan

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

A palm oil company in Central Kalimantan is being sued by the Indonesian government for allegedly causing illegal forest fires. PT Arjuna Utama Sawit, a Musim Mas supplier, has also been connected to land conflicts and the illegal clearing of peatland.

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Tackling Bad Ag in Indonesia demands increased transparency, say NGOs, as yet another attempt to obtain information is ignored

Monday, February 25th, 2019

More than a year after a request for information was submitted, authorities in Aceh still have not released data about a plantation concession, ignoring a court decision and raising questions about its motives. The case follows similar behaviour by the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning, which continues to defy a Supreme Court order for more transparency.

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Indonesian anti-corruption body denounces deforestation license for oil palm giant found guilty of wrongdoing

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Indonesia’s anti-corruption body has asked the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry to review its decision to authorise the conversion of 10,000 hectares of forest in Buol district, Central Sulawesi, into oil palm plantations.

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Family of North Sumatra Deputy Governor implicated in illegal conversion of protected forests into oil palm plantations

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Police has named Dodi Shah, younger brother of Deputy Governor of North Sumatra Musa Rajekshah, as a suspect in a case of illegal deforestation of protected areas for oil palm cultivation.

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Palm oil giant FGV sanctioned for forced labour and rights violations

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Malaysian palm oil giant FGV Holdings Berhad, formerly FELDA Global Ventures, has been sanctioned by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for forced labour, possible trafficking in migrant workers, and numerous other violations of Malaysian labour laws.

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Palm oil executives arrested in bribery scandal in Indonesia

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Three executives from one of Indonesia’s biggest palm oil firms were arrested over the weekend by the nation’s anti-graft agency, the KPK, after an employee was caught bribing politicians to kill an inquiry into water pollution and plantation licenses in Borneo, the agency said on Sunday.

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Forest fires burn in palm oil concessions linked to global brands

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Fires have broken out inside palm oil concessions in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, belonging to suppliers to some of the biggest household brands in the world, according to analysis by Greenpeace Indonesia.

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Gama Plantations concessions closed down due to peat fires

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Four concessions owned in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya district have been sealed by the Indonesian Environment and Forest Ministry in law enforcement operations due to ongoing peat fires.

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Indonesian national park cleared for illegal oil palm

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

More than 1,000 hectares of one of Indonesia’s most important national parks has been encroached upon by illegal palm oil plantations, according to an investigation.

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Analysis: Does Indonesia’s storied anti-graft agency have a blind spot for corrupt palm oil deals?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

There is a growing realization that the corrupt allocation of land to plantation firms is a main underlying cause of Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis. Backroom deals with politicians allow companies to clear rainforests and peat swamps that might otherwise be protected, and to seize land from indigenous and other rural communities, while also channeling dark money into elections. With the stakes so high, then, why has the KPK prosecuted so few of these cases?

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Pulp giant in centre of storm around ‘shadow companies’

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

An investigation by Mongabay has unearthed new evidence indicating that companies the pulp and paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper has sought to distance itself from are in fact controlled by the plantation giant.

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Hundreds of hotspots detected in plantations in West Kalimantan, as Indonesian forest fires rage again

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

The annual debate over blame for the cause of the fires has re-emerged with the smoke in recent weeks, following relatively mild years in 2016 and 2017.

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“Zero deforestation” supply chains tainted by illegal palm oil from Sumatra, as demand exceeds supply of clean produce

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

An investigation in Sumatra has exposed, again, that major palm oil traders are sourcing palm oil produced illegally in the island’s heavily threatened and biologically valuable protected areas.

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Indonesian National Strategic Area loses thousands of hectares of forest in 2017

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Almost 7,000 hectares of forest were destroyed in the Leuser Ecosystem, in the western Indonesian province of Aceh, in 2017.

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