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Indonesia inches forward on community forest goal, hobbled by pandemic

Aug 06 2020

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia has cut back its planned transfer of state forests to local communities this year by half - an area twice the size of Los Angeles - because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Indonesia's push to cut red tape sparks forest fire concerns

Jul 15 2020

JAKARTA, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia's plans to cut red tape to attract investment could lead to an increase in forest clearing and fires, environmentalists warned on Wednesday, as lawmakers continued to debate the measures ahead of a scheduled recess this week.

As fog clears on benefits of forest protection, excuses for failure wear thin

Jul 09 2020

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global efforts to stop the destruction of tropical forests have faltered so far largely because poor understanding of the value of preserving them has led to weak political will - a barrier that may be overcome with stronger evidence of their benefits.

Sumatran forest people adapt ancient health rules for pandemic

Jun 24 2020

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jangat Pico, a member of the Orang Rimba indigenous people who live on Indonesia's Sumatra island, was reluctant to say the name of the new coronavirus when he heard it for the first time.

Indonesia backs off timber rule change after deforestation fears

May 15 2020

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia has rowed back on plans to weaken rules for the timber products it exports, as green groups warned the proposed move would have undermined international efforts to combat illegal logging and deforestation.

Workers mauled by pandemic shock to wildlife reserves, national parks

May 05 2020

DENPASAR, Indonesia/NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For more than two decades, M Khairi spent his days working as a park guide, accompanying a steady trickle of tourists keen to trek across the lush forests of western Indonesia or spot an endangered orangutan.

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