Tag Archives: palm oil

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally

call for justice
Activists call for justice in the case of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres, who was killed last year. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions’

July 13, 2017 — Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being Continue reading Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally

Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution

dosan, sumatra
Farmer Pak Dahlan walks through an oil palm plantation in Dosan, Sumatra. The village has made a concerted effort to tackle the forest fires which ravage the region every year. Photograph: Laura Villadiego

The small village of Dosan has not recorded a single fire since 2012, despite being surrounded by palm oil plantations

September 14, 2016 — Fires have returned once again to the forests and peatlands of Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The annual environmental disaster devastates millions of hectares Continue reading Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution

Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors in Indonesia

fire-damaged plantation
A fire-damaged plantation in Riau, Indonesia. Photograph: Indonesian Ministry of Environment/EPA

Seven people from a ministry of environment team documenting illegal forest fires were taken hostage and threatened, ministry says

September 7, 2016 — Up to 100 Indonesian men, believed to have been hired by a palm oil firm, took a team of official environmental investigators hostage on Friday and threatened to burn them alive, Indonesia’s environment ministry has said.  Continue reading Palm oil firm accused of hiring men to kidnap smog inspectors in Indonesia

Conserving coastal areas or commodifying nature

The UNFCCC’s ideas to protect and develop coastal ecosystems have been dubbed ‘a false solution’ by civil society organizations, but praised by others

March 10, 2016 — In the coastal town of Tanjung Balai in North Sumatra where Riza Damanik grew up, learning how to fish is a right of passage. But, he says, initiatives by the Indonesian government over the past couple of decades have left small-scale fishermen like him adrift.

Continue reading Conserving coastal areas or commodifying nature