April 11, 2019
Govt efforts dramatically reduce haze in last three years
The scale of peat fires in Indonesia has been reduced dramatically, by more than 90%, over the past three years compared to the catastrophic level of peat fires in 2015. This represents a real achievement of the leadership of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
April 9, 2019
EU needs to take President Jokowi’s objections seriously
President Jokowi’s complaints about the recently-adopted EU delegated act shouldn’t simply be ignored by the EU, considering that he has the power to cancel the existing legal framework which is targeted towards ending peat drainage and deforestation of good forest cover.
April 5, 2019
Norway’s special envoy talks about EU delegated act
President Joko Widodo’s administration, in his view, “has done a remarkable job, most notably by imposing the peat moratorium and palm oil expansion moratorium as well as ending forest fires. This has been a Herculean challenge."
The EU should weigh up how much new deforestation of HCS forests will be avoided due to the shift from planned deforestation areas to unplanned deforestation targets, thanks to the President’s freeze on palm oil expansion for at least the next three years.
March 29, 2019
Over 100 palm oil companies on the list for new permits
More than 100 companies are on the list to obtain new permits for the expansion of new palm plantations covering an area of more than 1.4 million hectares, twenty times the size of Singapore, much of which contains HCS forests.
March 26, 2019
Worry EU move may prompt Jakarta to lift palm oil moratorium
“We are worried that the EU delegated act could potentially disappoint President Jokowi, resulting in the cancellation of his order for the palm oil expansion moratorium."