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Valuable Peatlands Being Destroyed

April 7th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Peatland forests in Indonesia are continuously destructed by palm oil industry, although the government has stopped issuing new permits for new plantations at peatland ecosystem, a Greenpeace campaigner said. Hapsoro, Greenpeace campaigner for the Southeast Asia, said that the Greenpeace team has found a new plantation opened without permits on peatland forest in Indonesia’s Riau province at Sumatra Island.

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono - Fight Illegal Logging

April 4th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asks the ambassador, general consul, and the consul, to continue eradicating illegal logging. “Keep doing it and working together as intense as possible to stop illegal logging,” said Yudhoyono at his speech with Indonesian diplomats at his office in Jakarta.

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‘Grave’ of Illegal Logs Found: Riau, Sumatra

April 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Police are still investigating the discovery of around 1,300 cubic meters of buried illegal logs that were recently unearthed by flooding in Kampar regency, Riau. They said the logs had been confiscated and eyewitnesses would be summoned to identify the owner of the logs, which were believed to have been buried to avoid police raids.

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Earthquake Hits Sumatra

March 30th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

A strong undersea earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck early Sunday off the western coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, but there have been no reports of injury or damage, officials said. The quake jolted at 12:30 am (1730 GMT Saturday) with epicentre at 113 kilometres north-west of Sinabang, the main town on the remote Simeulue island off the western coast of Aceh, about 30 kilometres beneath the seabed, said an official of the country’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.

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River Project Harms Environment: Medan, Sumatra

March 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

An alliance of non-governmental organizations have voiced strong opposition to the planned straightening of the Deli River, which divides Medan in North Sumatra. The opposition comes after the alliance, including the Environmental Policy and Development Studies (Elsaka), the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and the Commission for Victims of Violence and Missing Persons (Kontras) in Medan, organized a walk to trace the 700-meter section of the river to be straightened.

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Clean water a Basic Necessity

January 1st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The government says extreme weather events are a serious threat to water security. During the wet season floods large swaths of the country, including Jakarta, are inundated by floods. At other times droughts cause drinking water shortages for millions. Below is the final article in a series of six on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Aceh Struggling: North Sumatra

December 26th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR), which was given the task of helping to rebuild communities in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of late 2004, is set to end its mission in April 2009. However, several issues are far from being settled in the hardest-hit areas of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and Nias in North Sumatra. Aceh is also going through a transition period after signing a deal in 2005 ending decades of war between the government and rebel forces. The following report, detailing the latest situation in Aceh, was written by The Jakarta Post’s Ridwan Max Sijabat and Nani Afrida.

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Coffee fells Sumatra Forests: Sumatra

December 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 5 Comments »

The island of Sumatra may have lost some five million hectares of forest — more than a quarter of its total forest area — between 1990 and 2000, according to statistics. Lampung Wildlife Conservation Society activist Dwi Nugroho Adhiasto said conversion to farm land was the worst problem, followed by mining and new roads.

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Tree Planting Mandatory in Action Plan

December 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The government has released a report on a plan of action covering the mitigation and adaptation efforts for climate change. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially launched the report during the recent climate conference in Bali. The plan of action on mitigation and adaptation covers the forestry, energy, agriculture, water resources, infrastructure and health sectors. Below is the first article focusing on the forestry sector.

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Lampung Finds Solution to Forest Conservation

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Lampung administration has developed a forest conservation area which involves residents. Since 2000, 6,537 households near Rigil hill and Tangkit Tebak forest in West Lampung municipality have taken part in the “Forest Community” program, regreening the 12-hectare forest which was damaged by illegal logging.

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