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Covid-19 is hampering forest fire prevention in Indonesia

Covid-19 is hampering forest fire prevention in Indonesia

Local authorities in Indonesia are diverting funds from forest fire prevention to battle Covid-19. Now, conservationists fear a backlash for the protection of rainforests already in dire distress.
Opinion: RFN on Indonesia-Norway ten year partnership

Opinion: RFN on Indonesia-Norway ten year partnership

Ten years ago: a historic day for Indonesia’s forests and forest-dependent communities.

Indigenous peoples spearhead innovative approaches to counter COVID-19.

Indigenous peoples spearhead innovative approaches to counter COVID-19.

Indigenous traditions and customs present strengths and weaknesses in the fight against the coronavirus. The pandemic has led the Indonesian Indigenous movement AMAN to develop innovative methods to fight it. Their integrated approach may well be a model for others.
Grave fears that world’s largest palm oil project will cause massive destruction

Grave fears that world’s largest palm oil project will cause massive destruction

Enormous emissions of greenhouse gases and the destruction of intact rainforest could be the result once the controversial construction of the largest palm oil plantation in the world gets underway
Indonesia’s primary forest and peatland moratorium now permanent

Indonesia’s primary forest and peatland moratorium now permanent

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo recently signed an order for the moratorium on logging in primary forests and peatlands to be permanent. Rainforest Foundation Norway praises the move but points out important weaknesses.

Palm oil smallholders and land-use change in Indonesia and Malaysia

Palm oil smallholders and land-use change in Indonesia and Malaysia

Implications for the EU delegated act of the recast Renewable Energy Directive

Press release: Norway’s Government Pension Fund acts against deforestation: divests major agricultural companies

Norway Gov't fund divests major agricultural companies.

Rainforest Foundation Norway: "A warning shot to those still involved in deforestation".

Press release: Breakthrough for Indonesia's rainforests

Press release: Breakthrough for Indonesia's rainforests

RFN: "fantastic news for the climate, biodiversity and millions of people who depend on these forests."

Indonesian civil society pleads with the EU to phase out palm oil-based biofuels

Indonesian civil society pleads with the EU to phase out palm oil-based biofuels

Crunch time approaches for a proposed policy change regarding palm oil and biofuels in Europe.
Papua New Guinea: Rainforest protected against all odds

Papua New Guinea: Rainforest protected against all odds

For 20 years, the people of the Managalas fought for their rights.

Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer fails to deliver on its sustainability policy

Indonesia’s second largest palm oil producer fails to deliver on its sustainability policy

NGOs deem Astra Agro Lestari’s implementation of sustainability policy far too slow; question the company’s intentions to fully adhere to its commitments.
Massive fires on the concessions of Indonesia’s second biggest palm oil producer

Massive fires on the concessions of Indonesia’s second biggest palm oil producer

New report finds that Astra Agro Lestari has little control over forest fires, despite sustainability pledges.

Timber plantation licenses on Mentawai cancelled

Timber plantation licenses on Mentawai cancelled

First, civil organisations had to stave off palm oil plantations. Now they’ve staved off timber plantations.

Timber plantations threaten Mentawai’s forests

Timber plantations threaten Mentawai’s forests

First, civil organisations had to stave off palm oil plantations. Now they’re facing another threat against the rainforest.

Portrait indigenous peoples of Managalas

PNG must act on international criticism

Civil society organisations are urging the PNG government to take immediate action to end pervasive land grabbing and illegal logging.

Are Norway’s one billion dollars to Indonesia saving its rainforests?

Are Norway’s one billion dollars to Indonesia saving its rainforests?

To find out, check out this fantastic trip to Indonesia with Norway’s climate and environment minister Vidar Helgesen.

Indonesia’s most powerful palm oil company joins push for forest protection

Indonesia’s most powerful palm oil company joins push for forest protection

Astra Agro Lestari has joined the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge. The move is called a huge breakthrough.

Politically important palm oil producer pledges no deforestation

Politically important palm oil producer pledges no deforestation

Astra Agro Lestari, Indonesia’s second largest palm oil grower, has announced a zero-deforestation policy.

Deforestation-free palm oil: Improved governance needed

Deforestation-free palm oil: Improved governance needed

Indonesia’s business sector is waking up. Now is the time for the Indonesian government to do its part.

Large palm oil producer announces strong forest conservation policy

Large palm oil producer announces strong forest conservation policy

First palm oil producer operating primarily at grower level announces strong forest conservation policy.

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