Aerial photographs by Greenpeace reveal that Asia Pacific Resources International Limitied continues to clear peat forest in Sumatra, despite the company’s forest policy.
Years of Living Dangerously is a new documentary series about climate change. Broadcast in the US by Showtime, the nine episodes feature Hollywood stars presenting different aspects of climate change.
Several multinational pulp and paper and palm oil companies have recently declared “zero deforestation policies”. In this guest post, Peter Gerhardt asks the question, “What is a no-deforestation promise really worth?”
“Checking deforestation requires respect for our basic rights, which are the rights of all peoples and all human beings. Deforestation is unleashed when our rights are not protected and our lands and forests are taken over by industrial interests without our consent.”
Norway is a rich country because of its oil. It hopes to stay that way when the oil runs out. Since 1990, Norway has been putting its money from North Sea oil into a fund for future generations. The Government Pension Fund Global is now the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.
A recent study in East Kalimantan revealed no difference in carbon emissions between Forest Stewardship Council certified logging operations and conventional logging concessions.
A recent study revealed that the Indonesian government has been telling lies about its rate of forest loss. The study found that between 2000 and 2003 the rate of deforestation in Indonesia was about one million hectares per year. In the years 2011 and 2012, the rate doubled to about two million hectares per year.
In February 2013, Greenpeace stopped campaigning against Asia Pulp and Paper in Indonesia. The reason was APP’s Forest Conservation Policy that promised to protect all areas of forest and peatlands in its suppliers’ concessions.
Earlier this month, two meetings took place, both focussing on oil palm plantations. The first was a meeting of communities and civil society and took place in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. The second was the 11th meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia.