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Lessons Learned from the Conflict, Negotiations and Agreement between Senyerang Village and PT Wira Karya Sakti

Patrick Anderson, Harry Oktavian and Rudiansyah

19 December, 2014

Lessons Learned - Sumatra (English)

Communities seeking redress for their lands, grabbed for pulpwood plantations in Sumatra, are let down by resolution process, reveals new report.

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Deforestation Drivers and Human Rights in Malaysia

Carol Yong, SACCESS and JKOASM

4 December, 2014

Deforestation and forest degradation in Malaysia is a complex phenomenon with varying causes. So far, however, the focus has been largely on direct causes like industrial logging, large-scale commercial oil palm plantations and agribusiness, road construction and large dams. Far less attention has been paid to the indirect or underlying causes and agents, inter-linking and working to enrich the very few while creating hardships for many people as a result of degraded or diminished resources.

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Conflict or Consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

FPP, Sawit Watch and TUK Indonesia

7 November, 2013

Conflict or consent? The oil palm sector at a crossroads

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Growing global demand for palm oil is fuelling the large-scale expansion of oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia and Africa. Concerns about the environmental and social impacts of the conversion of vast tracts of land to monocrop plantations led in 2004 to the establishment of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which encourages oil palm expansion in ways that do not destroy high conservation values or cause social conflict. Numerous international agencies have also called for reforms of national frameworks to secure communities’ rights and to develop sound land governance.

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Palm oil companies alleged to be violating their commitments

27 January, 2015

A new video from WALHI (Friends of the Earth-Indonesia) documents the views of villagers in Bengkulu Province, on the west coast of Sumatra, who are resisting the expansion of palm oil on their lands. According to WALHI, the local company, PT Sandhabi Indah Lestari, which has taken over the communities’ lands without their consent, is a supplier of the palm oil trading giant, Wilmar. In December 2013, Wilmar issued a public policy committing itself ensuring there was ‘Zero Deforestation’ and ‘Zero Exploitation’ in its entire supply chain.

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New Report Finds Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Lagging behind on Social Responsibility Commitments

19 January, 2015

RAN APP Report

Field interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts endure.

San Francisco, CA – A field­based survey to investigate Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) performance, provide input into an evaluation of APP’s progress on fulfilling its social responsibility commitments, and make recommendations to the company finds little evidence to date that APP is taking sufficient action to resolve land conflict issues.

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Indonesia: Government REDD+ agency says collective land rights are key to curbing climate change

7 January, 2015

In an article published in the Jakarta Post, senior officials of the Indonesian REDD+ Agency (the government body charged with reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) argue that recognising the collective land rights of forest peoples is key to curbing climate change and promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

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Indonesia promises to address forest destruction

16 December, 2014

Indonesia’s new president sets himself a major challenge to clean-up bribery and corruption in the forestry industry.

By Patrick Anderson

In late November, after a month in his new job, Indonesia’s president Joko Widido (Jokowi), travelled to Riau Province, Sumatra, to see for himself the forest destruction that causes smoke and haze to blanket Sumatra, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Yangon statement on human rights and agribusiness in Southeast Asia released

7 November, 2014

Statement / **Press Release**

The need to protect human rights in the agribusiness sector

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