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Trial of palm oil tycoon Surya Darmadi begins in Jakarta

Palm oil tycoon Surya Darmadi began trial in Jakarta on Thursday over an alleged corruption scheme that deforested tens of thousands of hectares on the island of Sumatra.

Raid against Sumatran official uncovers use of slave labor on oil palm farm
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Raid against Sumatran official uncovers use of slave labor on oil palm farm

JAKARTA — A sting by anti-corruption officers in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province has uncovered evidence that a powerful local official allegedly used slave labor on his oil palm plantation. Agents from the KPK, Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission, found 48 men locked up in barred cells during a raid on Jan. 18 at the residential compound of […]
High time to reverse environmental destruction through plantation: Imran

High time to reverse environmental destruction through plantation: Imran

Faced with an unfolding climate crisis that is fueling more powerful floods and scorching heatwaves across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan says an ambitious plantation drive was the only viable solution to reverse the negative consequences of environmental degradation.

Brazil's vast savanna grasslands and species at risk
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‘Race against time’: Saving the snakes and lizards of Brazil’s Cerrado

The native vegetation of Brazil’s vast savanna is rapidly being replaced by plantations and pastures. At risk along with the biome’s grasslands are hundreds of endemic, uniquely adapted reptile species.
Agribusiness giants trading in ‘conflict’ palm oil

Agribusiness giants ADM, Bunge trading in ‘conflict’ palm oil, report says

A report by Global Witness has found that more than 100 Indonesian palm oil mills supplying agribusiness giants ADM and Bunge have been accused of land and human rights violations and environmental destruction.

forest in Sumatra disappears and so do its elephants
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A forest in Sumatra disappears for farms and roads. So do its elephants

The 15,300-hectare (37,900-acre) Balai Raja Wildlife Reserve was established in 1986 and designated an elephant reserve in 1992. By 2010, less than 200 hectares of intact forest remained in the reserve.

Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky
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State neglect means Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky

Without this official recognition from the central government, the forest can still be licensed out for agriculture, activists point out.

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