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Indonesia Appoints Head of REDD+ Agency to Implement Forest Conservation Plan

Indonesia selected the first head of its new REDD+ agency at the end of 2013. Read more below to find out more about REDD+ and what the duties are of this newly selected chief. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about REDD, then join the discussion on Facebook. Indonesia has selected the first chief of…

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In Imperiled Forests of Borneo, A Rich Tropical Eden Endures

William Laurance, a scientist who has studied various rainforests over many years, finds what he calls a “piece of Eden.” Read below to find out what he saw when he visited Borneo. Read more on Yale Environment 360. Read more about climate change and the forests of Borneo, then join the discussion on Facebook. After…

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Palm Oil Exports to Fall in 2013/2014

For the first time in almost two decades, palm oil exports are expected to decrease. Read more below about why the demand is falling and what this means for the future of palm oil production in Indonesia and Malaysia.  Read more on Mongabay. Read more about palm oil, the join the discussion on Facebook. Palm…

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Ongoing Deforestation Reported in Borneo Concession Held by APP Supplier

Despite promises to end deforestation in January 2013, satellite images have shown that an Asia Pulp & Paper supplier in Borneo has cleared an estimated 1,400 hectares of forest in the last year. Read more below about how APP has responded to these reports. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about deforestation in Borneo, then…

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Orangutans Fight for Survival as Thirst for Palm Oil Devastates Rainforests

Right now, orangutans are facing extinction as their habitats become more and more fragmented and agricultural production of things like palm oil expands. Read more below about how some groups find these beautiful creatures and what can be done to help save them. Read more on The Guardian. Read more about orangutan habitat destruction and then…

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Princess Jamilah In Business Exporting Hardwood From Sarawak To The USA

Documents have been released that show that Taib Mahmud’s daughter, Jamilah, and other family members have been exporting hardwood from Sarawak to the United States. Read more below to see just how many people are involved in this corruption.  Read more on Sarawak Report. Read more about timber corruption and then join the discussion on…

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UN Raps Malaysia on Palm Oil Abuses, Risks

After a visit to Malaysia, a UN official has said that the country must ensure that growth is not achieved through exploitation of vulnerable groups of people or the environment. Read more below to find out his recommendations for what Malaysia needs to do as it moves towards becoming a high-income country. Read more at…

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Reforestation Can’t Offset Massive Fossil Fuels Emissions

Some people have claimed that planting hectares of new forest would off-set rising CO2 emissions created by burning fossil fuels. However, scientists say this may not be the case. Read more below to find out how reforestation would affect our climate. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about rainforests and their role in climate change…

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Logging Kingpin Linked to Kidnapping, Violent Assault Seeks Legitimacy via IPO

In the early 2000s, Abdul Rasyid, the founder of the logging company Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, was investigated for kidnapping and assaulting environmental activists. Read more below about how he plans on profiting from another business that depends on destroying Borneo’s natural resources. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about timber corruption and then join the discussion…

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Indonesian Palm Oil Company Demolishes Homes and Evicts Villagers in Week-long Raid

Last week, Indonesian security forces hired by PT Asiatic Persada evicted hundreds of indigenous people and destroyed their homes. Read more about the dispute between the indigenous and the palm oil company below. Read more on Mongabay.  Read more about how people are affected by palm oil and then join the discussion on Facebook. Foto: Feri…

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