Media Coverage


2006

Indonesian Forest Fires May Fuel Global Warming: Experts

Indonesian Forest Fires May Fuel Global Warming: Experts

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) based in Bogor, Indonesia, said that in 1997 Indonesia’s peatland fires accounted for 60 percent of the haze despite having only 20 percent of the total area burnt."As more easily accessible upland forests disappear, peat land areas are increasingly harvested by companies and individuals," CIFOR, which is governed by an international board of trustees, said in a statement released during the Singapore meeting. Daniel Murdiyarso, a CIFOR forestry and environmental management specialist, said that Southeast Asia has 60 percent of the world’s tropical peatlands. "Fire and ecological change in these areas could seriously exacerbate regional haze and global greenhouse gas emissions," he said in the statement. Another CIFOR expert, Una Chokalingham, said that Indonesia’s peat swamps contain 21 percent of the earth’s land-based carbon. "Unless actions are taken, that carbon could become hot-house gas in 40 years," Chokalingham said.

Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Australia & NZ, TODAYOnline Singapore, LKBN Antara News Agency, Yahoo! News Singapore, Khaleej Times Online, Kerala News, Borneo Bulletin, Jakarta Post, Brunei Times quote same story


Lifting The Haze

Lifting The Haze

Ms Frances Seymour, the director-general of the Indonesian-based Centre for International Forestry Research, hoped that governments would distinguish between rural farmers and big companies responsible for starting the fires. "The law needs to be tweaked to focus on prosecuting big companies — rather than poor farmers, who burn a small and specific area of land. There has been a serious lack of prosecutions made against the belligerent companies," said Ms Seymour. "So, the reality is companies cause the fires because they can get away with it." She recommended a two-prong approach: A payment scheme for rural farmers to adopt alternative methods and work, as well as the implementation of a performance bond in which companies that flout regulations would be immediately punished with the forfeiture of their bond.


Opinion “Mengkaji Ulang Kebijakan Politik Kehutanan Indonesia”

Opinion “Mengkaji Ulang Kebijakan Politik Kehutanan Indonesia”

Menurut kajian the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), reformasi kehutanan melahirkan sejumlah ‘raja’ baru di daerah. Lebih lanjut dikatakan, iklim reformasi kehutanan dan desentralisasi telah memunculkan elit lokal yang mengelola hutan tanpa berpegang pada azas kelestarian. Hasil dari pengelolaan hutan sebagian besar tidak dinikmati masyarakat banyak. Selanjutnya, hasil kajian bersama CIFOR dan Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) menunjukkan, desentralisasi dan reformasi memunculkan konflik baru. Masyarakat lokal di seluruh tanah air menuntut hak mereka yang telah dirampas di zaman orde baru.


Indonesians Pray for Rain Ahead of Regional Haze Meet

Indonesians Pray for Rain Ahead of Regional Haze Meet

Southeast Asian environment ministers will meet in Singapore on Friday to discuss ways to help Indonesia extinguish forest and brush fires. Environment ministers from Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand would be attending. "It’s good to see ASEAN try to resolve the issue," said Greg Clough, spokesman for the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia. "I’m reluctant to say whether there’ll be any impact. It’ll have impact in terms of putting pressure on the Indonesian government in ratifying the agreement, but it remains to be seen whether that will happen," he said, referring to a regional haze pact.Mail & Guardian, Yahoo! News India, China Post and Environmental News Network quote same story


Illegal Logging belum Tuntas, Asap Mengepung

Illegal Logging belum Tuntas, Asap Mengepung

Penyebab kebakaran hutan ini tidak melulu karena pengaruh fenomena alam. Malahan beberapa penelitian menyebutkan penyebab terbesar adalah tingkah polah manusia. Studi yang dilakukan CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), ICRAF (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry)dan the United States Forest Service tahun 1998 menunjukkan sebagian besar data hot-spot kebakaran dari gambar satelit dimulai di daerah perusahaan-perusahaan perkebunan kelapa sawit dan pulp. Pihak perkebunan menggunakan api sebagai pembersih lahan. Api masih dianggap sebagai alat yang murah dan efektif untuk melakukan pekerjaan tersebut.


Fighting to save Borneo’s vital last rain forests

Fighting to save Borneo’s vital last rain forests

Borneo, one of the largest islands in the world, was once covered with dense jungle. But in the past 20 years, indiscriminate logging has leveled nearly 80 percent of its primary rain forest, turning its tropical timber into garden furniture and paper pulp and clearing the way for oil palm plantations. "Committing large sums of money to a conservation project that may reduce economic activity would be a tough political decision," said Douglas Sheil, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia. "Decisions about protecting a large area of Kalimantan’s forest may require approval from not just the central government but from both provincial and district-level governments."


Grief at student’s Amazon murder

Grief at student’s Amazon murder

Ms Sequeira died on 3 September. Vanessa Sequeira was working in the Amazon for the Center for International Forestry Research under the joint supervision of the Bangor University and a research institution in Costa Rica. In her last research project, for which she was doing fieldwork in the Amazon, she was studying the sustainability of settlements making use of both their farms and the surrounding jungle. A memorial organised by the researcher’s friends and colleagues will be held on 16 September at Kew Gardens in London where she also worked.


Opini: Cara Menjadi Orang Terkaya di Indonesia

Opini: Cara Menjadi Orang Terkaya di Indonesia

Strategi "eksploitasi" hutan, bank, dan anggaran negara masih terus berlanjut sampai hari ini. Dalam skala yang lebih rendah, pola yang sama juga dilakukan oleh orang-orang yang berupaya menjadi orang terkaya di daerah. Pada tingkat ini, "pembobolan" hutan dilakukan dengan mendirikan industri kayu skala kecil, perusahaan-perusahaan perkebunan kelapa sawit, dan perusahaan-perusahaan pertambangan. Industri kayu dan pulp terus mencari peluang untuk menambah kapasitasnya. Industri kehutanan tidak tertarik untuk mengembangkan hutan tanaman industri di lahan-lahan kosong yang tidak ada kayunya.



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