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A reckless harvest

A reckless harvest

China is protecting its own trees but has begun instead to devour Asia’s forests. Brook Larmer and Alexandra A. Seno report.

The ornate three-story palace just off the main road in Ruili, a boomtown on China’s southern border, is a monument to the plunder of Burma’s rain forests – and to China’s insatiable appetite for timber.


Indonesia needs to collect a debt

Indonesia needs to collect a debt

BOGOR, Indonesia Governments do not like to close down big businesses. But that is what international donors will probably demand of the Indonesian government at a meeting on Bali this Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss a new foreign aid package.


Sustaining RI forests needs strong measures

Sustaining RI forests needs strong measures

Sustainable forest management is one of the key items to be discussed by international donors and the Indonesian Government during this week’s meeting of the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI). At previous meetings the Indonesian Government promised to take strong measures to make companies manage forests more sustainably, in return for receiving new loans and grants.


Indon aid group may axe forestry firms

Indon aid group may axe forestry firms

INDONESIA’S giant forestry industry and some of the country’s largest forestry-related companies will come under the spotlight at the coming meeting of the Consultative Group on Indonesia under a proposal to downsize the industry. The proposal, which is supported by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, calls for a halt in the sale of loans and assets belonging to debt-strapped forestry companies totalling between US$1 billion and US$2 billion by the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency until the sector is restructured and licences held by non-cooperative companies revoked.


CIFOR calls on govt to put off forest firm assets sales

CIFOR calls on govt to put off forest firm assets sales

Foreign donors must ask the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) to delay the sale of forestry companies at cheap prices because it would only lead to further deforestation, an environmental group said Wednesday. The sale of forestry companies linked to dissolved banks by IBRA would allow those companies or their associates to buy them back cheaply, said David Kaimowitz of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).


Menyusuri Hutan Kalimantan Pacet Menjadi Penunjuk Jalan Hutan Primer

Menyusuri Hutan Kalimantan Pacet Menjadi Penunjuk Jalan Hutan Primer

SETURAN – Semua orang kebakaran jenggot jika bicara perkara hutan tropis. Baik yang dari Barat maupun mereka di Asia Tenggara yang sebagian bulu wajahnya hanya tipis saja. Percik api ini terutama jika bicara mengenai rusaknya hutan baik oleh kebakaran hutan, maupun oleh pembalakan. Semua orang, termasuk mereka yang tinggal di hutan beton, membutuhkan produk kayu. Bisa saja bukan kayu hasil hutan tropis, tapi sampai sekarang hutan asli bumi ini -menurut publikasi United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- tinggal 22 persen saja. Dalam 40 tahun terakhir, hutan per kapita di seluruh dunia turun 50 persen lebih. Ini artinya dari 1,2 hektar per orang secara global turun jadi 0,6 hektar per orang. Selain areal hutan berkurang, juga karena penduduk bumi bertambah. Jika merujuk angka ini maka penduduk di Kabupaten Malinau, Kalimantan Timur, masuk dalam kaya hutan. Menurut Bupati Malinau Drs. Marthin Billa MM kepada SH di kantornya beberapa waktu lalu, kepadatan penduduk di daerahnya adalah 0,8 orang per hektar. Pasalnya, 50 persen kawasan tersebut masih tertutup hutan. Artinya, jika dibandingkan luas wilayah yang 42.000 km2 dengan luas hutan mencapai 21.000 km2 dan jumlah penduduk 36.000 maka ada 58,3 hektar hutan untuk setiap orang.


Visit the the Kang Guru web site to read excerpts from a radio interview with CIFOR Director General, David Kaimowitz, and to learn more about CIFOR’s research in to the causes of forest fires in Indonesia.

Visit the the Kang Guru web site to read excerpts from a radio interview with CIFOR Director General, David Kaimowitz, and to learn more about CIFOR’s research in to the causes of forest fires in Indonesia.

Forest fires have been big news in Indonesia for many years. The smoke and environmental destruction caused by these fires has hit the headlines in newspapers and on television throughout Asia as well. It is a huge problem that requires serious attention. BIOMA, a local NGO based in Samarinda has been working together with villagers from 12 ethnic groups in community-based forest management and control programs. They have been investigating how traditional methods of fire fighting can be used to lessen the threat of such fires in future and help cope with outbreaks of fire if they occur.




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