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March 31, 2011

New World Growth report contains 'false and misleading' information

A new report from World Growth International, a lobby group for industrial forestry interests, contains "false and misleading" information on the economic impact of reducing Indonesia's deforestation rate, says an Indonesian environmental group.

The report, released today, claims that reducing deforestation in Indonesia will cost the country 3.5 million jobs annually by slowing growth of the forestry sector.

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March 16, 2011

5 Actors, 5 Trends, a Continent of Complexity

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March 07, 2011

Stopping export logging, oil palm expansion in PNG in 2012 would cost $1.8b, says economist

Stopping logging for timber export and conversion of forest for oil palm plantations would cost Papua New Guinea roughly $1.8 billion dollars from 2012 to 2025, but would significantly reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis published by an economist from the University of Queensland.

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March 08, 2011

Rise in Palm Oil Output May Help Satisfy Food Demand

Strong production of Southeast Asian palm oil is the best hope of boosting cooking oil supplies as soybean oil gets soaked up to make biofuel, its attraction redoubled by unrest in Libya that has driven crude oil to more than $100 per barrel.

Vegetable oil markets had braced for a fall in palm oil prices in the second half of 2010. They expected strong output from top producer Indonesia as it harvested a bigger acreage, and as No. 2 supplier Malaysia improved yields.

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February 16, 2011

UP study on logging ban bared

MANILA, Philippines – A total logging ban would only worsen the rate of deforestation of the country's meager forest cover.

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EU, RI ready to sign timber trade agreement

JAKARTA: The European Union (EU) and Indonesia are preparing to sign a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade - Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA), a joint statement said Wednesday.

“We are nearly there,” Forestry Ministry business development director general Iman Santoso said in the statement. It is expected the agreement will be concluded in the next two to three months.

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February 24, 2011

U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in Sumatra

The U.S. government announced the first grants under the first phase of its 2009 Tropical Forests Conservation Act agreement with Indonesia.

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Feb 17, 2011

Japan offers emission reduction exchange mechanism with RI

Jakarta, Feb 15 (ANTARA) - Japanese entrepreneurs grouped in Keidanren offer to establish a mechanism for emission reduction exchange with Indonesia, Vice President Boediono`s spokesman said here Monday.

"Keidanren offers a carbon emission exhange system with Indonesia, and Japan will provide sophisticated and inexpensive technology," said Yopie Hidayat at the Vice President`s office after accompanying Boediono at the meeting with the head of Keidanren, Hiromasa Yonekura, here Monday.

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February 8, 2011

Indonesia fails to meet deadline in bilateral agreement

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January 23, 2011

Global Pulp & Paper Leader Announces New Research and Development Initiatives


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