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Rainforest Alliance to Independently Audit APP’s Zero Deforestation Commitment

Asia Pulp and Paper recently committed themselves to a zero deforestation policy. Despite previous, failed deals, Rainforest Alliance has agreed to reengage with APP and independently evaluate the company’s progress. Read more below to find out how this deal came about and what both sides have to say about it. Read more at Mongabay. Read…

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Taib SCORE’s Every Time – But What About Sarawak?

The most recent project of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Sarawak Corridor Of Renewable Energy (SCORE) program is a planned phosphate fertilizer factory. Read more on where the money for these projects is coming from and what this project is doing to the people in the region. Read more on Sarawak Report. Read more on corruption in Sarawak,…

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Handful of species key to ecosystem health, finds study

Researchers have discovered that species type, not just quantity, is crucial to the health of the entire ecosystem. Read more below to find out how the researchers tested this discovery and what that means for the future of conservation. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about Borneo’s ecosystem and the policies surrounding them, then join…

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Population Growth and Associated Food Demand to Take Heavy Toll on Rainforests

Researchers take a look at the effect of a quickly rising population after the release of a U.N. report. Read more below to find out where populations are going to swell and what can be done to limit danger to the environment after the increase. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about the people’s effect…

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Indonesian Logger Faces Expulsion From Business Sustainability Group

Asia Pacific Resources International Limited, an Indonesian logging company, may be kicked out of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development for failing to end clearing Indonesian rainforest and peatland. Read more below to find out what some organizations think APRIL should do and why. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about Indonesian forest policy, then…

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Palm Oil Company Fined Millions for Burning Sumatran Forest

A palm oil company that destroyed valuable land and habitats has been fined millions of dollars in compensation as well has millions to restore the forest that was destroyed. Read more below to find out what this company destroyed and how they plan on dealing with this ruling. Read more on Hornbill Unleashed. Read more…

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Through Careful Management, Indigenous People Have Shaped Asian Rainforests for 11,000 Years

Paleoecologists have found sparse but strong evidence showing that humans in Southeast Asia have been actively managing forests for over ten thousand years. Read more below to find out how these findings may help indigenous people fight against evictions from their native lands by major companies.  Read more on Mongabay. Read more about indigenous land…

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Environmental Groups: Top Secret Pacific Trade Agreement to Sacrifice Wildlife, Environment

WikiLeaks has released a draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that strips away many key environmental safeguards and has angered several environmental groups. Read more below to find out what is being negotiated and how environmental groups have to say on this issue. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about international conservation policies, then join…

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Senior Lawyer Backs Call for Setting Up Special Land Tribunal

Lawyers are calling for the creation of a special court in order to hear the hundreds of backlogged native customary land rights cases that are currently flooding Malaysia’s court system. Read more to find out how these lawyers intend on seeing this proposal through.  Read more on The Borneo Post. Read more about native customary…

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Land Conflicts Complicate Effort to Spare Forests From Palm Oil in Borneo

A new investigation by environmental groups shows that palm oil producers misled local farmers resulting in disputed community land contract agreements between the two groups. Read more below to find out the surprising way that the palm oil companies and the Indonesian government are addressing these grievances.  Read more at Mongabay. Read more about the…

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