Today the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) accepted a complaint against Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), alleging numerous violations of Indonesian law and RSPO standards.
FPP has lodged a Policy of Association complaint against Roda Mas Group and requested that the group be disassociated from the FSC due to violations of traditional and human rights in their forestry operations. The complaint is brought on behalf of the community of Long Isun, in the Heart of Borneo.
FPP's founder and Senior Policy Advisor, Marcus Colchester, has published a paper on "Legal obstacles to territorial rights recognition, sustainable commodity production and forest conservation on forest peoples’ lands in Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesia and Malaysia." The paper is published by Liverpool University Press.
Encouraging investment in Indonesia’s sustainable development may indeed be important, as President Jokowi has said and I agree, but if this development makes people poorer and leads to protest and conflict in our society, then it is self-defeating.
By Marcus Colchester
Indigenous peoples’ organisations and supportive NGOs in Papua have strongly condemned a draft Indonesian Land Law Bill, initially designed to regularise land ownership and encourage sustainable investment.
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) found to be one of the companies responsible for forest fires in Indonesia; NGOs call on APP to uphold its promises to both communities and forests
As food producers, knowledge holders, caretakers, healers, and keepers of culture, loss of access to valuable natural resources means a loss of self-reliance for indigenous women, causing not only physical displacement but also economic and social difficulties.
In a controversial press statement, the Indonesian Government has misrepresented an IUCN report to justify its own agenda to plant more palm oil and cast doubt as to the validity of claims of the palm oil c
After five years of equivocation the European Commission has proposed a ‘Roadmap’ for stepping-up EU action to address its contribution to global deforestation. Despite the escalating impact of EU trade in forest-risk commodities, regardless of repeated calls from the European Parliament for regulatory meas
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has removed the world’s second largest palm oil company, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), from its list of sustainable companies, reported Friends of the Earth (FoE) this week.
Tropical forests in Borneo are under major threat from deforestation from planned infra-structure development, says a new report published today.
As land disputes over palm oil plantations in West Sumatra flare up, community leaders and human rights defenders are being subjected to increasing intimidation and criminalization by local police allegedly spurred on by planters.
Pari Islanders fighting the occupation of their territory were given a glimmer of hope last month after a prominent environmental defender, Pak Sulaiman, was found not guilty of a land breach.
"Currently, we, the indigenous people, traditional villagers and forest people, and the places where we are living are under pressure and face sustained injustice and social tension due to large-scale “development’ activities conducted by plantation and commercial logging companies."
Indonesian, Liberian and International NGOs have just filed five complaints against Indonesia’s largest palm oil company, Golden Agri Resources (GAR), after its failure to comply with RSPO standards.
Des ONG indonésiennes, libériennes et internationales viennent de soumettre cinq nouvelles plaintes (ci-jointes) contre Golden Agri Resources (GAR), la plus grande entreprise de production d’huile de palme en Indonésie. D’après les ONG, GAR, qui fait partie de l’énorme conglomérat Sinar Mas (Golden Rays) – sous le contrôle de la famille Widjaja, avec des intérêts dans des secteurs allant de l’huile de palme et de la pulpe à papier à l’immobilier et au secteur banquier – échoue à se mettre en conformité avec les normes RSPO.