Corporate giants exposed to palm oil sourced from illegal clearances of Sumatran rainforest
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Some of the world’s biggest consumer brands may have sourced palm oil from illegally deforested land on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, according to an investigation by the Rainforest Action Network.
Indonesian government finances palm oil companies ignoring its laws
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Three banks majority-owned by the state – Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia and Bank Negara Indonesia – have ploughed billions of dollars into an industry that is systematically undermining the rule of law and efforts to repair Indonesia’s reputation as a climate villain in the wake of catastrophic forest fires.
Illegal palm oil concession generates flood of timber, greenwashed by Indonesia’s flagship certification scheme
Monday, June 26th, 2017
Timber from illegal palm oil concessions has been certified as ‘legal’ under Indonesia’s state forestry certification scheme, according to a new report from two NGOs.
Papuan government “exercises its discretion” to encourage palm oil company to break the law
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
The company at the heart of a controversial palm oil development in Papua has claimed that the provincial and district governments encouraged it to commit a criminal offence because they were “impatient” to see the project begin.
Palm oil firm with links to international trade illegally fells elephant habitat
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
An investigation by the US-based non-profit Rainforest Action Network has found evidence of illegal clearance of critically endangered Sumatran elephant habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem, in the far west of Indonesia.
Politician’s son named as suspect in illegal land clearing case in Indonesia
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
The son of a local parliament chief has been named a suspect over illegal land clearing in the Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserve, a protected area in Indonesia that is home to the densest population of Sumatran orangutans.
Illegal operations common feature of palm oil-driven conflicts
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Illegalities by palm oil companies are a significant factor in the widespread conflicts between them and rural communities in Indonesian Borneo, according to a recent paper published in Applied Geography.
Pulp giant ‘misinterprets’ peat canal blocking decree, constructs canal
Monday, December 19th, 2016
Pulp and paper giant April has carved a three kilometre canal through carbon-rich peatlands in Sumatra in violation of Indonesian government regulations intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prevent another annual return of catastrophic forest fires.
Riau network urges government to prosecute forest encroachment
Friday, December 16th, 2016
Analysis of plantations in Riau Province, Indonesia, suggests that the majority of oil palm plantations are operating without permission from the Ministry and Environment and Forestry.
Illegal palm oil encroaches on Aceh’s largest peatswamp
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
The province of Aceh, Indonesia, lost more than 4,000 hectares of forest in the first half of 2016, largely due to “legally questionable, if not downright illegal” palm oil expansion, according to a report on Mongabay.
Investigation raises doubts over police decision to drop forest fire prosecutions
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
A decision by Indonesian police to drop a criminal investigation into the use of fire to clear forest was fundamentally flawed and contrary to the evidence, according to an investigation carried out by an NGO network.
Conversion of national park threatens orangutans and elephants
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Mount Leuser National Park Rescue Coalition have urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to take immediate action to stop widespread illegal logging and forest conversion in the national park.
121 palm oil mills linked to illegal land in Riau
Friday, October 14th, 2016
More than half of palm oil mills in the Sumatran province may be linked to illegal plantations, according the chairman of a parliamentary commission.
Indonesian coalition pushes for transparency over decision to drop forest fire cases
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
An alliance of Indonesian human rights NGOs is taking the provincial police in Riau, Sumatra, to the Central Information Commission over its refusal to disclose the reasons for dropping cases against 15 plantation companies accused of starting illegal forest fires.
Drone footage shows illegal burning for palm oil in Riau
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
A coalition of organisations in Indonesia has released drone footage showing evidence of the criminal use of fire to clear forests, within an allegedly illegal oil palm concession.