The people of Aru have a long history of tenurial conflicts, fighting against large-scale land investment plans that threaten their living spaces. Since the 1990s, communities have faced corporations exploiting forests and fish resources in Aru. In 2013, the communities strongly refused the plans to make sugarcane plantation which covers almost 70% of Aru’s land area. Finally, in 2018, the…

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Ketimpangan Penguasaan Hutan dan Lahan di Wilayah Timur Indonesia

Jakarta, February 15, 2024 – Issues of justice and disparities in forest and land ownership have always become political commodities in every change of government. Both during the 2019 election between Prabowo Subianto vs. Joko Widodo, as well as in the last presidential debate on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, which raised themes of Social Welfare, Culture, Education, Information Technology, Health,…

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AERIAL PORTRAIT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NUSANTARA CAPITAL CITY 1 The continuation likelihood of the IKN Mega Project in East Kalimantan, Nusantara, is growing stronger. The Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka pair, advocating for sustainability, currently leads in preliminary assessments based on data from the KPU’s SIREKAP. This commitment to sustainability is feared to overshadow efforts to address the ongoing spatial issues…

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Biomass accelerates climate change and destroys forest ecosystems In Japan, the co-firing of biomass in coal power plants and conversion of coal-fired power plants to biomass are currently taking place at a rapid pace. Already 31 coal-fired units, or about half of the coal-fired power plants of major power utilities, are co-firing with biomass.1 At least 40 of the renewable…

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Breaking Information Asymmetry to Save the Remaining Natural Forests in West Papua Province. The State of Papua Bioregion Forest The Papua bioregion is a biogeographical imaginary line for the eastern region of Indonesia which lies in Sahul plain (Sahul land). This bioregion home to various unique flora and noteworthy fauna, including marsupial mammals such as kangaroos and birds endemic to…

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Jakarta, 22 April 2022 –We, the undersigned Indonesian civil society groups, welcome the proposal of the European Union Due Diligence Regulation (EUDDR) which will regulate deforestation-free and forest degradation-free commodities and products. This marks a serious step-change in the response of consumer countries in Europe to the pressing challenges of the climate crisis, including the realization that the European Union’s…

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Request for HGU information to the Ministry of ATR/BPN The Application for Information submitted by FWI on September 16, 2015, with detailed information requested is the Business Rights Document (HGU) for plantations in Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and North Kalimantan. Because there was no response from the Ministry of ATR / BPN, on October 5, 2015,…

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“Lesson learned” Pengelolaan Kawasan Ekosistem Esensial (KEE) di Tiga Lokasi

In 3 different times, BIJAK and FWI together have the opportunity to obtain information and practices from the Essential Ecosystem Areas management in 3 locations. The first location was Kehati Hutan Pelawan Park, Bangka Tengah, Bangka Belitung, conducted on April 8-12,2019. The second location was Sungai Putri Wildlife for Orangutan – Gunung Tarak – Gunung Palung, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, conducted…

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Public information dispute between Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) and Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency has not finished until this time. At the trial on December 14, 2016, State Administrative Court stated that FWI won the objection submitted to the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency. Copy of Decision No. 2/G/KI/2016/PTUN-JKT dated December 23, 2016, are…

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