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PepsiCo to probe deforestation in palm oil supplier’s Leuser Ecosystem concession
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PepsiCo to probe deforestation in palm oil supplier’s Leuser Ecosystem concession

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has launched an investigation into reports of deforestation carried out by one of its suppliers in a key Indonesian habitat that's home to critically endangered tigers, orangutans and rhinos.

Indonesia enlists plantation companies to ensure haze-free Asian Games

Indonesia enlists plantation companies to ensure haze-free Asian Games

Organizers of the Asian Games are wary of the event being hit by haze from brush and peat fires in Sumatra.The government has called on pulpwood and oil palm companies to take steps to prevent fires during this year's dry season.


Five years after zero-deforestation vow, little sign of progress from Indonesian pulp giant

Five years after zero-deforestation vow, little sign of progress from Indonesian pulp giant

Local and international watchdogs have criticized Asia Pulp and Paper for what they deem a failure to live up to its flagship zero-deforestation policy.

Indonesia braces for return of fire season as hotspots flare up

Indonesia braces for return of fire season as hotspots flare up

Forest fires are underway in Indonesia as the rainy season tails off, marking the return of potentially widespread burning that threatens to once again blanket parts of the country in a toxic haze and belch out huge volumes of carbon dioxide.

Deforestation wanes in Indonesia’s Aceh and Leuser Ecosystem, but threats remain: NGO says

Deforestation wanes in Indonesia’s Aceh and Leuser Ecosystem, but threats remain: NGO says

Activists attribute the decline to better law enforcement and intensified campaigning but warn of future threats from road projects and planned hydropower and geothermal plants.

Indonesian villages see virtually zero progress in program to manage peatlands
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Indonesian villages see virtually zero progress in program to manage peatlands

Of the nearly 3,000 villages located within peatlands throughout Indonesia, only one is permitted to manage the forest — a glaring omission that the government has been slow to address through its “social forestry" program.

Indonesia in 2017: A fighting chance for peat protection, but an infrastructure beatdown for indigenous communities
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Indonesia in 2017: A fighting chance for peat protection, but an infrastructure beatdown for indigenous communities

JAKARTA — 2017 saw Indonesia once again fulfilling its economic development potential. The Southeast Asian nation started out the year with mixed superlatives: home to the third-largest stretch of tropical forest in the world, after the Amazon and the Congo Basin, but also plagued by some of the highest rates of deforestation and carbon emissions …
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