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Read our location and evidence-based stories linking deforestation and fire alerts, time-lapse satellite animations, cadastres, field investigations, literature reviews, and other resources to understand the causes, consequences and solutions to deforestation and fires in Equatorial Asia.

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Read our location and evidence-based stories linking deforestation and fire alerts, time-lapse satellite animations, cadastres, field investigations, literature reviews, and other resources to understand the causes, consequences and solutions to deforestation and fires in Equatorial Asia.

Palm-driven deforestation is ramping up inside Papua’s revoked concessions in 2022

Palm oil-driven deforestation in Indonesia was at a 20-year low in 2021, but the first three months of 2022 saw an increase in land clearing in Papua. Jakarta’s revoking of 137 oil palm concessions in January 2022 seemed like good news for Indonesian forests. However, Satellite images reveal that the clearing of tropical forests for […]

New highway may strip 4.5 million hectares of forest by 2036 in Tanah Papua

New Guinea, the world’s second-largest island, hosts extensive old-growth forests, including mangroves and peat swamps. It has more plant species than any other tropical island. It is also home to diverse human cultures, each with their own relationship to nature, and until recently human impacts have been small.   The island is divided – in […]

Indonesian deforestation and plantation expansion slow

Opportunity to improve planning and management of oil palm MARTEL, France (March 29, 2022) – Slowing deforestation rates in Indonesia were linked to a drop in the market value of crude palm oil, an indication that trends reflect fluctuating commodity prices, according to a new study published on Tuesday in PLOS One journal. Research led […]

FSC-certified South Korean company pulping natural forest in Papua to produce eco-friendly paper

A new investigation by a coalition of Indonesian, South Korean and international NGOs details the devastation of pristine forests in the remote province of Papua, Indonesia. Moorim is a Korean company certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Its Indonesian subsidiary PT Plasma Nuftah Marind Papua (PT PNMP) clears natural forests and Indigenous lands to develop monoculture […]

Oil Palm company clears forests in Papua despite permit being revoked

In January 2022, the President of Indonesia announced that his government had cancelled several oil palm concessions. Following this announcement, the Minister of Environment and Forestry issued Decree No. 1/2022, listing 137 oil palm companies whose ‘State Forest Release’ permit (Pelepasan Kawasan Hutan, PKH) have been revoked. PT Permata Nusa Mandiri (PT PNM) in Jayapura district, Papua […]