Natural Resources

On the front line of biofuels in Indonesia

Activists tell EU decision-makers of impacts on people, forests and climate This week, two Indonesian activists came to Brussels to speak to MEPs and policymakers to highlight the devastating impact that EU biofuels policy is having on their country. Deforestation and land grabbing Indonesia has some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. Yet it is now the world's premier site of deforestation, driven by the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations.

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Socialization of Protection of Sustainable Agricultural Land at Desa Teluk Empening

Protection of Sustainable Agricultural Land was a system and process in planning and setting, developing, utilizing and cultivating, controlling and observing the agricultural land in a sustainable manner. This is stated in Article 1 Paragraph 5 of Law nr 4 of 2009 on Protection of Sustainable Agricultural Land, Mursyid Hidayat from Lembaga Gemawan said in socialization of Protection of Sustainable Agricultural Land at Balai Keserasian Sosial, Desa

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Alternative Settlement of Land Dispute Out of The Court

Land Disputes Needs Out-of-Court Settlement (Alternative Dispute Resolution) PONTIANAK, BeritAnda – Many land disputes potentially lead to conflicts, it requires an alternative resolution. The statement was a solution as explained by Delsy Ronnie, a consultant for land conflict and mediation, in dialogue on land dispute and reporting standard design and dispute resolution based Free, Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) principle that was held by Swandiri

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Closing of tour ‘Kepak Sayap Enggang’ and ‘Mata Harimau’ for Kalimantan’s chapter

Pontianak(Gemawannews)-Tour ‘Kepak Sayap Enggang’ and ‘Mata Harimau’ for Kalimantan’s series was officially closed at Customary House of Betang, Jalan Sutoyo Pontianak (29/09/12). This tour officially started from South Kalimantan by crossing three provinces, namely South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan. Closing ceremony was started by friendly meeting, traditional rituals, and confirmation of commitment for environment.

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The Flapping of Hornbills’ Wings and Eye of The Tiger Arrive at Pontianak

Pontianak (Gemawannews)-Team of  ‘Kepak Sayap Enggang’ (literally translated as the Flapping of Hornbills’ Wings) and ‘Mata Harimau’ (as so called Eye of The Tiger)  for the Kalimantan chapter which will cross South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan. This tour is a continuation of ‘Mata Harimau’ tour which took place at Sumatra in 2011. This program is aimed to take a closer look at the current condition of local

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NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION : Complaints dominated by Plantation Conflicts

Pontianak (Gemawannews)-The investment of large-scale palm oil plantation which comes in almost all districts of West Kalimantan, and often leads to social frictions. Violence and human rights violation due to land conflict occured between palm oil plantation with local (indigenous) people indubitably are government’s homework in providing security to its people. During January-September 2012, the National Human Rights Commission in West Kalimantan

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Development of People Plantation Based Agricultural Crop

Pontianak (Gemawannews)-Maintaining the existence of or encouraging redevelopment of people plantation which is flesh and blood of West Kalimantan’s people in managing land traditionally should always be a concern of government as stakeholder since the impact of economic and ecosystem  from the available farm preservation or new farm development on critical land are in accordance with the concept of sustainable environment preservation. Traditionally

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Orangutans versus Palm Oil Plantation

Pontianak (Gemawannews)- The expansion of palm oil by the reason of economic growth, creating employment, poverty alleviation impact negatively on the sustainability of social and environment in Indonesia because the government didn’t plan and monitor it well. The most significant and existing social impact caused by palm oil expansion is land conflict between company and indigenous/local community, farmers and palm oil plantation workers. The

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Oil Palm Plantation the largest contributor to smog

  Hendrikus Adam: ”State’s weak law enforcement on the actor of fires shows the state’s role is not optimal in early anticipation and  law enforcement.” Pontianak (Gemawannews)-Seeing many land fires happened since 1990s up to now clearly explained that land clearing in some large scale plantation concessions contributes smog by burning land. Indeed, land fire is the cheapest way corporation chooses to do land clearing. “But the fact

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The mining exploitation increases, the environmental quality threatened

Pontianak (Gemawannews)-License distribution or addition for mining activity which continuously conducted will be a boomerang for West Kalimantan’s environment, in other words the government tends to set out the investor interests which clearly shown in the increase of permits issued. “Thereby, people’s management is decreased, and the another potency of natural resources also will be removed and damaged which then lead to enviromental pollution,”

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