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As the two-year moratorium on deforestation faces expire, Indonesia has launched its first forest
governance index to address the current state of forest
protection and management of central and provincial government.
Efforts to monitor the world's forest
s and other ecosystems got a big boost in February with the launch of Landsat 8, NASA's newest earth observation satellite, which augments the crippled Landsat 7 currently orbiting Earth (technically Landsat 8 ...
Indonesian lawmakers criticized the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for its inability to stop deforestation in Sumatra, accusing the group of trying to destroy Indonesia’s reputation abroad and hurting the country’s economy.
Indonesia plans to use Rawa Tripa in its westernmost province of Aceh, where the country had a recent victory in peatlands protection, as learning grounds to improve forest
s governance and legal enforcement through license review.
Like in a desolate Edward Hopper landscape, the orangutan was clinging to the one last tree that stood next to the river in Kutai National Park in eastern Kalimantan. The joy of seeing this magnificent primate was spoiled by his destroyed habitat ...
Growing oil palm
to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists.
Researchers from Bangor University found the creation of oil palm
plantations are releasing prehistoric sources ...
Growing palm oil
trees to make biofuels could be accelerating the effects of climate change, new research showed on Wednesday, adding further weight to claims the crop is not environmentally sustainable.In a paper published in the journal ...
Three conservation groups warn that a proposed palm oil
plantation puts a significant Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population at risk in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The plantation, which would cover 400 hectares of private forest
In Indonesia, the name for the island of Borneo is Kalimantan. It is the third largest island in the world, renowned for its lush tropical rainforests, one of only two strongholds for the intelligent, endangered orangutan.
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forest
s. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012.
There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were ...
For tropical ecologist Gregory Asner, flying over the Peruvian Amazon from the town of Tarapoto is like traveling back in time. Modern houses, rice paddies and oil palm
plantations give way to steep, forest
ed mountains and then to green, unbroken ...
Despite government pledges to rein in deforestation, Indonesia is on track to release vast amounts of greenhouse gases over the next decade as its burgeoning palm oil
industry churns under carbon-rich peat and cuts down its ...
Policy makers seeking to reduce greenhouse gases from deforestation cannot ignore the levels of nitrous oxide and methane released into the atmosphere as part of land conversion for palm oil
, soya bean and other crops, scientists ...
Berau, East Kalimantan. Forest
ry officials and police in Berau district are investigating the burning down of 200 hectares of land inside a protected forest
by illegal oil palm
Heri Suparno, head of forest
The extent of old-growth forest
in Sumatra shrank by 40 percent over the past 20 years, while overall forest
on the Indonesian island declined by 36 percent, finds a comprehensive new satellite-based assessment published in Environmental Research ...
Industrial logging in tropical forest
s that is both sustainable and profitable is impossible, argues a new study in Bioscience, which finds that the ecology of tropical hardwoods makes logging with truly sustainable practices not only ...
Recent blog posts on The Telegraph and the Register claiming that tropical rainforests like the Amazon are set to benefit from climate change are "uninformed" and "ridiculous" according to some of the world's most eminent tropical forest
Indonesian authorities are failing to take action against a palm oil
company that is operating illegally in Central Kalimantan, alleges a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telapak.
The report, published ...
The Spanish city of Valencia sits under a blanket of ash, as two converging fires
continue to devour the eastern coast of the country. Since the blaze ignited last week, more than 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, forcing upwards of ...
are burning in a contested concession within Aceh Province's Tripa peat swamp raising questions about the efficacy of a high-profile investigation by Indonesian authorities, say environmentalists.
Satellite data and aerial ...
The world's densest population of orangutans is set to be "extinguished" by a massive new wave of fires
that is clearing large tracts of a peat swamp forest
in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, conservationists have ...
For much of the year, the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin buildings, are gleaming landmarks visible far from the city center here. But last weekend, the 88-story structures were shrouded in a smoky haze that prompted doctors to warn ...
Workers harvest palm oil
fruits at a plantation in Medan, Indonesia. Surging demand for palm oil
in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest
destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said.
Surging demand for ...
A formal government investigation into the clearing of a vast tract of protected peat forest
in Aceh has concluded that only one of the two companies involved was at fault, while exonerating a second company of any ...
Indonesia has launched a criminal investigation into the burning of a peatland forest
on Sumatra island that environmentalists said resulted in the deaths of orangutans, an official said on Tuesday.
Investigators will summon officials ...