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“The Mauzes”: defending territories and life

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Since joining Indonesia officially in 1969, Papua had only seven oil palm companies until 2005. In 2014, the number jumped to 21 companies,...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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Burning Season In Indonesia What have industrial plantations and the Indonesian State done to the islands’ forests?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Scale of Disaster The forest and land burning madness is going rampant again in Indonesia. Up to November 16, the Global Fire Emission...

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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

During the last few decades, Indonesia’s oil palm industry has been growing rapidly, but with the vast majority of this expansion on the...

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Financialized capital and palm oil corporations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The surging global demand for palm oil has produced windfall profits for the industry and turned oil palm plantations into hot targets for...

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Mining activity kills Indonesia’s peasants and fisher people

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

During the last 10 years, the Indonesian government has issued many mining licenses with the argument of increasing the country’s...

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Indonesian Groups Rally Online to Demand Justice for Slain Environmentalist

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

Global Voices online, 12 June 2015.  Friends of Jopi Peranginangin, an Indonesian environmentalist who was stabbed and killed in a bar...

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Lives matter most: plantation companies’ abuse on local populations

Posted on May 6, 2015

The opinion article from the Jakarta Post by Abetnego Tarigan, of the Indonesian NGO Walhi, and Iwan Nurdin, of the Agrarian Reform...

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Intensification of land grabbing and more concentration of land ownership in the era of “green capitalism”: News from Indonesia

Posted on May 6, 2015

  On April 17, farmers around the world celebrated the Day of Peasant Struggle, in tribute to the 19 peasants of the Landless Workers...

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Tema Hari Hutan Internasional Tahun 2015 Persatuan Bangsa-Bangsa: “Hutan / Iklim / Perubahan” Apa yang berubah?

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

BAHASA. Hutan sangat penting untuk komunitas manusia yang menggantungkan hidup pada hutan, tidak hanya untuk mendapatkan makanan namun...

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URGENT CALL: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

JAMBI-INDONESIA: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of...

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“Pulping” the Local-Food

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

One of Indonesia’s pulp and paper giants, Asia Pulp&Paper (APP), is planning to build a new pulp mill to supply not only pulp to...

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REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

REDD: A Collection of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies presents summaries of reports from 24 REDD projects or programmes with a common...

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Indonesia: Wilmar continues to engage with suppliers that clear orangutan habitat, forested deep peatlands and high carbon stock forests

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

Despite the fancy PR campaigns of Asia’s giant agribusiness group Wilmar praising itself for its “No Deforestation” policy, the...

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Indonesia: forests are more than land

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Deforestation in Indonesia is not only about the loss of forest areas, it is a much more serious matter. A whole living system that...

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REDD berpindah dari hutan ke bentang daratan/seni pertamanan: Lebih serupa, lebih besar dan dengan resiko kerusakan yang lebih besar

Posted on Sep 27, 2014

BAHASA. Di akhir tahun 1980an, FAO dan Bank Dunia meluncurkan program besar mereka untuk menghentikan kehilangan/penyempitan hutan. Itu...

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Indonesian logger: “cleared peat forest doesn’t have high conservation value”

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

For Indonesian logging company Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), clearing of peat forest on an island of...

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The “State of the World’s Rivers” website from the NGO International Rivers, illustrates the alarming situation of the Mekong River Basin.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

By selecting the ‘Mekong River Basin’ from the left panel where it says 2River Basins in Focus’, detailed information will appear...

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The REDD Ulu Masen project in Indonesia: like selling air

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Ulu Masen project was developed in 2008 aiming to generate 3.3 million carbon credits a year. Ulu Masen became the first REDD project...

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APRIL clears high conservation value forest in Sumatra’s Kampar Peninsula, as it breaks its own commitment

Posted on May 7, 2014

APRIL clears high conservation value forest in Sumatra’s Kampar Peninsula, as it breaks its own commitment, is an Investigative Report of...

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Metamorphosis of destructive logging companies

Posted on May 7, 2014

It does sound like a bit of a fairy tale. Multinational companies destroy forests and trample on human rights. Then, international...

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Indonesia – Interview with Sawitwatch about the impacts of industrial oil palm plantations in Indonesia and the experience with the RSPO

Posted on May 7, 2014

With about 11.5 million hectares in 2011, Indonesia concentrates the biggest area of industrial oil palm plantations globally, followed by...

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Indonesia – How RSPO addressed concerns raised against First Resources, one of its members

Posted on May 7, 2014

A short video “Manufacturing Consent”, (4) shows how PT Borneo representatives came to the Muara Tae village on 18 August 2011, asking...

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Perdagangan Jasa Ekosistem. Ketika “pembayaran untuk jasa lingkungan” memberikan izin untuk merusak

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

BAHASA. Kenapa tinjauan singkat tentang PES, atau pembayaran untuk “jasa lingkungan”? Agensi PBB, industri, ahli ekonomi ekologis,...

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Indonesia: Struggle against land grabbing of oil palm company PT Hardaya

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

The villagers of Buol District, in Central Sulawesi, have struggled for 20 years to regain their lands. All of their customary lands and...

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Indonesia: Palm oil company PT Kallista Alam sentenced to multi-million-dollar fine for burning forests

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

    A court in the province of Aceh, Sumatra has found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning forested...

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Sued for protesting against Wilmar’s refined destruction

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Eight activists of Robin Wood, a grassroots group in Germany, were sued in October 2013 for taking part in a peaceful demonstration to...

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Indonesia: Action on Customary Forests

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

On 16 May, 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court issued a decision confirming that Customary Forests are forests located in Indigenous...

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Modern-day slavery in oil palm plantations: The outstanding cases of Malaysia and Indonesia

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Photo: E. Benjamin Skinner Malaysia Malaysiahas become a destination for migrant workers from other Southeast Asian countries– mainly...

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Indonesia: Gold in Bukit Tiga Jurai affecting food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Sumatra Copper Ltd. Sumatra Copper Ltd., a London based mining company, has concessions in forest areas in Indonesia for mining, operating...

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Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia – Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,...

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Indonesia: Timber monocultures destroying indigenous’ lands and livelihood

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

  Here in Indonesia, ever since a child entered the school, he/she has been familiar with “Merauke” through a patriotic song...

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Indonesia: Mangroves for life

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

According to The World’s Mangroves 1980-2005 (FAO 2007), Indonesia has the largest mangrove area in the world in terms of the extent...

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Stop the Conversion of Mangrove Forests, Local Initiatives Support Save the Mangrove Forest

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice Indonesia (KIARA) celebrated the World Mangrove Day issuing a press release where it...

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“Paper Dragons”: Timber Plantation Corporations and Creditors in Indonesia

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

The emergence of “Paper Dragons” In Indonesia’s business terms, the word ‘dragon’ is a symbol of success and...

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Your urgent support requested: help release peasants and an activist of Walhi persecuted and arrested in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

On January 29, 2013, at about 4:30pm, a protest of peasants was violently repressed in South Sumatra by the Regional Police. About 25...

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10 Hal Yang Harus Diketahui Oleh Komunitas Tentang REDD

Posted on Jan 9, 2013

BAHASA. Tujuan utama dari buklet ini adalah untuk memberikan informasi kepada komunitas tentang persoalan serius yang dapat diakibatkan...

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Manufacturing Consent – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

“Manufacturing Consent” is a film that features evidence and first-hand testimony of the abuses of PT Borneo Surya Mining Jaya (PT...

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Mining, plantation firms reported for rights abuses

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

“Mining, plantation firms reported for rights abuses”, a Jakarta Post headline informs that mining and plantation companies are among...

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Indonesia: Oil palm plantations and Industrial “Plantation Forest” (HTI) violate human rights destroying Indigenous People’s Identity

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Elimination of customary laws through regulations In 1950, Indonesia’s forests spanned over 162,290,000 hectares, covering 80% of the...

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Indonesia: RSPO fails to take action against a company bulldozing ancestral forests and perpetrating human rights abuses

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

The certifying body Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has failed to act against a company looking for RSPO’s seal which has...

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Indonesia: Warning to financial institutions: Don’t Fund Forest Destruction of APP and other pulp and paper manufacturers

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Several banks and other financial institutions around the world have been warned on last 6 November to avoid investments in pulp and paper...

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Indonesia: The Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership REDD project – little partnership, many problems

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Article based on a field visit and conversations with villagers in 5 of the 7 most affected communities by this project.

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Indonesia: Farmers protest against eviction caused by Debt Nature Swap (DNS)

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

About 40 farmers of a La Via Campesina member organization (Serikat Petani Indonesia) from Jambi province protested in front of the Germany...

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Indonesia: Court victory against oil palm company

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The state administrative High Court in Medan, has decided in favor of the organization WALHI, cancelling administrative decisions that led...

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Indonesia: Farmers struggle against industrial oil palm and acacia plantations in defense of their land and food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

The struggle in Geragai District Up to 2011, a total of 18 companies had licenses over forest areas for a total of 663,809 ha distributed...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Indonesia: Bayat Society Builds Life

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

Timber Plantation concessions are a model of forest exploitation conducted by corporations in Indonesia. More than 9 million hectares of...

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Sebuah tinjauan terhadap industri perkebunan di bagian. Selatan Konflik, tren, dan resistensi perjuangan

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

BAHASA. Abstrak Selama lebih dari dua dekade, industri perkebunan (ITPs), khususnya yang berskala besar, dikelola secara intensif,...

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An overview of industrial tree plantations in the global South: conflicts, trends, and resistance struggles.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

After many years of supporting local struggles and disseminating information from different countries on tree monocultures and its impacts,...

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Indonesia: Oil palm plantations erode the right to work on communal land

Posted on May 30, 2012

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the UN agency that oversees labour issues, shaping policies and programmes mainly related to...

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A Timorese Forest Struggle

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

How far would you go to protect your forest? Villagers from Pollo community in South Central Timor regency in Indonesia have set a...

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Indonesia: Police Brutality in support of the Bima Gold Mine Project

Posted on Jan 30, 2012

The Indonesian police attacked a peaceful demonstration in SAPE Harbor on December 24, 2011, killing three persons and injuring at least...

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Human rights crisis in palm oil estates in Indonesia

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

A new report published in November 2011, exposes how local police in the Province of Jambi on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, working...

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Indonesia: Sources of livelihood threatened by REDD+, mining and oil palm projects

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

The Dayak have inhabited the forest in Kalimantan for a long time before the current State of Indonesia was established....

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Indonesia: debt, plantations and resistance

Posted on Sep 30, 2011

Industrial tree plantations have often expanded through direct land expropriation and through manipulative land purchase. But there is a...

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Mining for REDD in Indonesia

Posted on Jun 6, 2011

In 2009, Rio Tinto, one of the world biggest mining companies, explained how it hoped that it could use REDD, “as an economic tool to...

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Actions against dams around the world

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

Indonesia: Since April 2005, two companies involved in the building of a mega-dam in Indonesia, both owned by the a former Vice President...

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The world is watching as the Indonesia-Norway REDD deal stalls

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Indonesia is a crucial country for REDD. It has one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world. And, as a direct result of this...

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APP and Cartiere Pigna try to intimidate social denounces in Italy of deforestation in Indonesia

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a giant pulp and paper company with a notorious eco-criminal record. It is responsible of deforesting...

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Let’s say it in every language

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

In our first bulletin of the year, in light of the fact that 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests, we shared with you...

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Indonesia: Giant eucalyptus plantation company destroys Benzoin forest gardens

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

Kemenyan or locally known haminjon is a fragrant resin of benzoin. It has been cultivated and traded from Batak highlands of...

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Indonesia: Sinar Mas pulp and paper plantations encroaching on forests and peatlands

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

IControlled by the Indonesian Widjaja family, the Sinar Mas group is one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia engaged in clearing...

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Indonesia: NGOs denounce misleading propaganda of APP

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a giant pulp and paper company which has long been deforesting Indonesian forests in Riau province, Sumatra,...

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Indonesia: REDD project – many threats, no solution

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Last month, a new Australian-Indonesian Forest Carbon Partnership was announced under the scheme of the International Forest Carbon...

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Hiding monoculture oil palm plantations under a business-friendly “forest” definition

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

An article published on the website EUobserver.com (1) informs that “a draft commission communication offering guidance to EU member...

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Indonesia: Government proposes 21 million hectares of plantations to meet climate targets

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

There are two realities in the forestry sector in Indonesia. In one, the forests continue to be destroyed, peatswamps are drained, forests...

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Indonesia: Plantations, human rights and REDD

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Before the plantations came, villagers in Teluk Kabung in Riau province in Sumatra, grew coconuts. A few years ago, thousands of hectares...

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Indonesia – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

 WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 25 November 2009 Last update: August 2014 Tree species being...

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Myth No. 5: Plantations relieve pressure on native forests

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

A typical propaganda disseminated by business interests and governments in many tropical countries is to say that plantations will relieve...

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Indonesia: Indigenous Peoples oppose acacia plantations on their customary lands

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The indigenous people of Teluk Meranti in the Kampar Peninsula, Riau, Sumatra, are resisting efforts by a pulp and paper company to take...

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Indonesia: Call for suspension of World Bank (IFC) lending to oil palm

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

An internal audit has revealed that the World Bank’s private sector arm – the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – has allowed...

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Indonesia: Criminalization of social leader for the benefit of oil palm corporation

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

As exposed in previous WRM Bulletin issues, criminalization is part of a strategy aimed at silencing any protest generally against the...

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Indonesia: The paper that brought violence and death

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Once more, the conflict over natural resources has played havoc on humble people. This time the criminal action took place on the...

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Before the current global economic meltdown, the pulp industry had ambitious expansion plans. Although the industry was closing mills in...

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

By Chris Lang The area of industrial tree plantations is expanding in the global South. Vast areas of monocultures have been established to...

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Open letter: Palm Oil for Biofuels Increases Social Conflicts and Undermines Land Reform in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 26, 2007

Open letter to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the governments and citizens of the European Union Sawit Watch. Bogor, 26...

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Social conflict and environmental disaster: A report on Asia Pulp and Paper’s operations in Sumatra, Indonesia

Posted on Aug 22, 2006

By Rivani Noor and Rully Syumanda This report discusses the social, economic and environmental impacts of APP’s operations. Chapter one...

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Picture of Women’s Life Devastation by Mining in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Posted on Dec 16, 2005

By Haris Retno Susmiyati More than 35 % of Indonesian upland territory has been licensed as mining concession, of which 11.4 million...

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Status of Implementation of Forest-Related Clauses in the CBD: An Independent Review & Recommendations for Action

Posted on Mar 18, 2002

Commissioned by the Global Forest Coalition This report is based on 21 country case studies, including Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada,...

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Undermining the forests. The need to control transnational mining companies: a Canadian case study

Posted on Jan 16, 2000

by Forest Peoples Programme, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links and the World Rainforest Movement The second in a series of reports on...

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