Avocado farming is threatening Colombia’s natural water factory

paramos“We always grew native products that come from here, like corn, beans, potatoes or lulos,” says Don Danilo, a longtime farmer near Sonsón, a small municipality in the Colombian state of Antioquia. But since losing the land he was cultivating, he has switched to beekeeping and fish farming. Don Danilo is just one of the […]

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In new climate deal, Norway will pay Indonesia $56 million for drop in deforestation, emissions

Rainbow over Jambi, Indonesia. Photo credit: Rhett Ayers Butler / MongabayJAKARTA — Norway has agreed to pay Indonesia $56 million in a climate agreement between the two countries, as Indonesia has succeeded in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by preserving its vast tropical rainforests. The contribution agreement, signed Oct. 19 by both governments, is a follow-up to both countries’ new climate deal, which was struck on […]

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Sustainability pledges help Indonesia produce palm oil with less deforestation

JAKARTA — Sustainability commitments and greater scrutiny of supply chains is helping bring down deforestation rates associated with palm oil in Indonesia, a new analysis suggests. The country is the world’s top producer of the commodity, and although production is increasing while prices are rising — factors that usually drive a surge in forest clearing […]

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Palm oil firms not acting fast enough on no-deforestation vows: Report

Palm oil plantations in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.JAKARTA — Less than a quarter of companies producing or sourcing palm oil from Indonesia have forest-related policies in line with best practices, a new report says. The report, by CDP, a global nonprofit that promotes environmental reporting and risk management by companies and cities, analyzed data provided by 167 firms. While 86% of companies […]

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Indonesia amnesties 75 companies operating illegally inside forest areas

Independent oil palm farmers from Talang Durian Cacar.JAKARTA — Indonesia has pardoned 75 companies operating illegally inside forest areas, with hundreds more to be amnestied in the future, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced during a parliamentary hearing in August. Under the 2013 law on the prevention and mitigation of forest degradation, activities like oil palm cultivation and mining are prohibited […]

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