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President Jokowi announces cabinet lineup President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced his cabinet lineup consisting of 34 ministers or the so-called "Work Cabinet" for 2014-2019 period at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday as follows.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Businessman sentenced for bribing officials A businessman was sentenced to five years for paying bribes to officials including parliamentary members in connection with the Integrated Communication Radio System project of the Ministry of Forestry in 2007 here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 23:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Performance of 10 ministers not satisfactory' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has requested his ministers to stay focused on their ministerial programs amid his dissatisfaction with the performance of 10 ministries.

Posted in Polio @ 04 June 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force seizes 450 tons of wood from biosphere reserve The Riau haze mitigation task force has seized more than 450 tons of illegal wood during a crackdown on encroachers at the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu biosphere reserve in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 March 2014 13:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Riau governor jailed for 14 years for corruption Former governor of Sumatra's Riau province Rusli Zainal was sentenced to 14 years in jail for corruption here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 March 2014 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anggoro Widjojo questioned at KPK upon arrival The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) interrogated Anggoro Widjojo here on Thursday evening upon arrival from China where he had been arrested after being wanted by KPK since 2009 as a corruption suspect.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2014 00:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests corruption fugitive Anggoro Widjojo KPK, Indonesias anti-graft agency, has arrested its long-wanted corruption suspect, Anggoro Widjojo, in China.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2014 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President summons East Java governor over zoo problem President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Ambon villagers killed in landslide At least two villagers were killed on Tuesday in landslide in the village of Batu Merah, Ambon, the Maluku regional disaster control agency (BPBD) said. Heavy downpour since Monday night triggered the landslide falling on a rented house with 8 people inside, Kifly Wakanno, secretary of the regional BPBD , said.

Posted in Weather @ 30 July 2013 11:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for preservation of mangroves President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the preservation of 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest which is crucial to prevent abrasion. Indonesia must safeguard its around 130 million hectares of forest area and 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest, the head of state said when launching a mangrove save campaign here on Wednesday,

Posted in Environment @ 26 June 2013 11:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai airport cancels two flights due to haze Dumai city`s airport in Riau province cancels two flights here on Wednesday due to thick haze from the forest fire that hit the area, the airport management`s spokesman, Catur Hargowo, said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 June 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Land conversion must be controlled: Minister Land conversion must be controlled in order to reduce the area of critical land, Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said here on Friday. "If land conversion is not controlled, natural disaster such as floods and landslides will continue to happen," Kambuaya said after opening Familiarization Toward Green Indonesia 2013.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New landslide hampers victims` search efforts in Garut A new landslide occurred in the location of a landslide before that had buried three victims in Puncak Lancang in Garut, West Java, on Monday hampering search efforts.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 April 2013 07:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso secure and roads accessible after operations Central Sulawesi police chief Brigadier General Dewa Parsana said Poso has now been secure after anti-terrorism police operations that left one terrorist suspect dead.

Posted in Protests @ 03 November 2012 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry ministry rejects claims of APP logging ramin woods Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Forestry Ministry Darori said there were no logging activities by the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) company in the Kalimantan and Riau provinces, in response to an accusation from environmental NGO Greenpeace.

Posted in Environment @ 21 May 2012 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grows 6.3 pct in Q1 Indonesia`s economy has grown 6.3 percent year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Statistics Agency (BPS). "Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, in terms of GDP, it has grown 1.4 percent," BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


47 named suspects in Bima ferryport clash Police have named 47 people suspects in a clash between demonstrators and police personnel in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara province, on Saturday, a spokesman said.

Posted in Violence @ 26 December 2011 03:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China exploring cooperation on renewable energy Indonesia and China are exploring cooperation on the development of renewable energy, a cabinet minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2011 02:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany to aid Indonesia fight deforestation The government of Germany on Friday agreed to aid Indonesia with its Forest and Climate Change program (ForClime), local media reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 May 2011 01:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares 2 million ha of land for food security The government has prepared two million hectares of land to bolster the nation’s food security progam in the face of extreme weather and skyrocketing food prices. Agriculture Minister Suswono said on Saturday that the land would located be outside Java Island, in Merauke, Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2011 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 30 million trees planted nationwide Over 30 million trees have been planted nationwide so far under the one-billion-tree planting program which is to run until 2013, a senior forestry official said. "We are convinced we will meet the set target in 2013," Director General for Forest and Land Rehabilitation Indri Astuti said Saturday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 June 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plants mangrove trees in Angke President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a number of Cabinet members planted mangrove trees in the Angke ecotourism park in North Jakarta on Monday as part of efforts to rehabilitate the mangrove forest. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said his office had struck an agreement with the Jakarta administration to plant 9 million mangrove trees in the coming five years.

Posted in Environment @ 08 June 2010 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor regent: 'Time to demolish illegal villa's' Bogor Regent Rachmat Yasin promised on Saturday to demolish hundreds of villas built in conservation areas, many of them belonging to state officials and businesspeople. Rachmat said he the demolition could take place next month at the earliest.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2010 08:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police insists on accusing KPK leaders The national police chief in Indonesia, Bambang Hendarso Danuri, said that investigators had solid evidence in the bribery and extortion case involving two officials of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). He said there was evidence that businessman Anggoro Widjojo was implicated in the case as well.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 November 2009 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former governor faces four year in jail over bribery The former governor of South Sumatra, Syahrial Oesman, is facing a jail term of four years over alleged corruption of 5 billion Rupiah (350,000 euro). He has allegedly channeled money to members of the House of Representatives. "We demand the board of judges to convict defendant Syahrial Oesman in this corruption crime," said Zet Tadungallo, a member of the corruption watchdog KPK team of prosecutors.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 September 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 100 million trees this year Indonesia, which has been losing forests at a rapid pace in recent years, plans to plant 100 million trees across the country this year in an effort to limit deforestation, a forestry official said on Wednesday. Indonesia has lost an estimated 70 percent of its original frontier forest, but it still has a total forest area of more than 91 million hectares, with a host of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2008 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo officials suspected of smuggling sea shells 16 boxes about to be boarded on a departing Qantas flight were intercepted by local authorities who found thousands of rare shells hidden among local handicrafts and textiles. Authorities estimate the value of the protected sea shells to be in the hundreds of millions of Rupiahs.

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2008 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New corruption scandal set to rock Central Bank Another corruption scandal is set to rock Indonesia's central bank, as well as the country's parliament. New evidence has emerged that lawmakers were paid to elect Ms Miranda Goeltom as the central bank's senior deputy governor in 2004. A lawmaker has admitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission that he received some US$54,000 in cash, allegedly as a payout for favouring Ms Goeltom over two other candidates for the post.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 August 2008 09:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman sentenced for five years in prison for bribing officer An Indonesian businesswoman was jailed yesterday for five years in a corruption scandal that has grown to include two senior members of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's cabinet. Artalyta Suryani was found guilty of paying a prosecutor some 423,076 euro to drop an investigation into the misuse of central bank funds.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Total toll in landslides and floods climbs to 153 The number of fatalities of landslides and floods on Java Island, has climbed to 153, the National Disaster Management Agency said Sunday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned of possible catastrophes across the nation, which has thousands of lack-forest covered areas with dense population, due to prediction of the meteorology agency that rainfalls would be high in December, January and February.

Posted in Weather @ 31 December 2007 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 79 million trees in a day Indonesia will attempt to repair its reputation as one of the biggest contributors to deforestation by planting 79 million trees in one day next month. The initiative is part of a global campaign to plant a billion trees and will precede a UN summit on climate change in Bali in December. “Everybody, residents and officials from the lowest unit of the Government to the President, will take part in this movement,” Ahmad Fauzi Masud, a spokesman for the Forestry Ministry, said

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2007 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to push carbon-credits for peatlands conservation Wahjudi Wardojo, director general for forestry research at Indonesia's Forestry Ministry, told Reuters that industrialized countries will need to provide financial incentives for tropical countries to preserve ecosystems - like peatlands - that sequester large amounts of carbon.

Posted in Environment @ 29 August 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Funds for handling forest fires reach Rp300 bln Collected funds from different institutions to be used to avert and overcome forest fires amounted to 300 billion Rupiah (24.8 million euro) for this year, according to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. The minister told that the funds were collected from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People' s Welfare (100 billion Rupiah), the Forestry Ministry (66 billion Rupiah), while the rest found it's origins from provincial administrations. "Each province of the seven participating provinces provides Rp10 billion," the minister said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia will plant 2 billion trees in 2007 Indonesia is to rehabilitate 59.2 million hectares of damaged forests throughout the country, according to Malam Sambat Kaban, Indonesia's Forestry Minister. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) reports that the country has set aside 330 million euro for 2007 to finance the planting of 2 billion seedlings on 2 million hectares of land along 318 rivers in all provinces in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 08 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Starbucks denies coffee report, Nestle says sorry Giant multinational coffee-shop chain Starbucks denied a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) allegation Thursday that it purchased illegally-planted coffee in Lampung province, while Switzerland-based food producer Nestle said it regretted buying the beans. Ratih Gianda, head of investor relations for PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Starbucks' Indonesian partner, said in a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post that the WWF report alleging that Starbucks had bought illegally-planted coffee from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra was inaccurate.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deforestation in Indonesia reaches 2 million hectares annually The deforestation rate in Indonesia has reached two million hectares annually while its reforestation rate is only around 600,000 hectares per year, a local official said here on Wednesday. The deforestation rate has tended to increase from year to year, Dr. Harri Santosa, secretary of the organizing committee of the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Program, said.

Posted in Environment @ 28 December 2006 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesia sign pact to fight illegal logging The United States has signed a pact to help stop illegal logging in Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans and many other endangered species, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday. "A core part of our international trade agenda must be combating illegal trade, including protecting endangered species," U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in a statement. "The United States and Indonesia are partnering to combat illegal logging and the trade associated with it."

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to capture more suspects of illegal logging Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Wednesday that he expected police can capture more suspects of illegal logging, who are now hiding in foreign countries. "We hope there will be more arrests," the Vice President said, adding that the weak law enforcement had enabled people to engage in illegal logging.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Baby boom' among rare Javan rhinos Four Javan rhinos were born recently in Indonesia, the first known births in three years, raising hope for the future of the endangered species, WWF-Indonesia said Friday. At least four different footprints were discovered by a WWF team in Ujung Kulon national park, at the far western end of Java island, where nearly all of the surviving Javan rhinoceroses roam.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephants run amok, kill five residents in Indonesia A number of elephants ran amok and killed at least five residents recently in Tangganus and East Lampung district, Indonesia's Lampung Province, on southern Sumatra island. Most of the victims' bodies were ripped by the wild animals, while the crops in the farming areas belonging to local residents were destroyed, Antara news agency on Sunday quoted an officer of the province's forestry representative office as saying.

Posted in General @ 20 August 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provinces to combine efforts to save major rivers The Jakarta, Banten and West Java administrations have agreed to jointly rehabilitate the three big rivers that are the provinces' main sources of clean water. The Jakarta administration will be responsible for restoring the Ciliwung River, Banten province will handle the Cisadane River, while West Java will deal with Citarum River. The Jakarta Environment Management Board (BPLHD) said Tuesday that each province would be responsible for the quality and quantity of water flowing through the rivers.

Posted in Environment @ 08 August 2006 14:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ban ethanol export The Indonesian government plans to ban ethanol export due to growing domestic demand in line with the expansion of biofuel industry, a senior official said Tuesday. Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said he has submitted proposal to close ethanol export to the trade minister and the forestry minister.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2006 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investment freeze mulled for cigarette sector The Industry Ministry, pointing to indications of a saturated cigarette industry, has proposed the temporary closing of the subsector to new investment for new factories. "The proposal is based upon reports from local agencies that the number of cigarette producers has soared while utilization of their production capacity is still below 50 percent," Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 March 2006 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record-breaking Asian fish tips tininess scale Fishermen try to outdo each other with tales of the biggest catch. But scientists say they've discovered the smallest fish in the wetlands of Southeast Asia. The species, Paedocypris progenetica, is a distant cousin of the carp. An adult is about the size of a large mosquito. Researchers used a special stereoscopic microscope to measure it accurately.

Posted in Environment @ 25 January 2006 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


155 die in Java double disaster At least 155 people died in two separate natural disasters that hit Indonesia's main island of Java last week, as authorities Monday decided to end the evacuation process amid worries that more deaths are unaccounted for. In the East Java town of Jember, where a flash flood and mudslide swept through four districts that left 79 people dead and displaced 7,605 others on Jan. 1, the local government ended the evacuation work and shifted focus on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 January 2006 19:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jember rescue efforts hampered Salimah, a woman at her 40s, looked pale. Her clothes blackened with mud, the frail villager has not had food for two days. "Unless food aid is dispatched into our area soon, the death toll, especially among the children, will rise," she told Antara. Salimah was one of 110 Panti district residents still isolated on Tuesday after flash floods swept through three districts in Jember regency East Java, killing at least 63 people.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New mammal discovered in Indonesia Researchers from the WWF conservation group may have made an extremely rare discovery of a new species of mammal in the dense forests of central Borneo, the organisation says. The carnivorous mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was photographed twice by an automated camera at night in 2003 on the Indonesian side of the island, the WWF said on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2005 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Casuarina trees create hope for coastal villagers Until five years ago, the coastal areas along the southern beaches of Bantul Regency were dry and infertile. No plants seemed to be able to survive the strong, burning wind and the land lay parched and barren. Agricultural efforts in the area were sporadic and often failed.

Posted in Environment @ 11 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt steps up wild bird watch against avian flu Indonesia will soon form a joint surveillance team for wild birds after a pigeon was found infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said on Tuesday. Seven people are known to have contracted bird flu in Indonesia since July, four of whom died. The three survivors have now largely recovered.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 November 2005 18:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Navy apprehends overloaded barge Navy patrol ship KRI Kakap-811 has apprehended a tugboat Putra Taliabu and a barge Nelly 22 for carrying 5,000 cubic meters of white teak wood without the proper documentation, a Navy official said on Saturday. The tugboat and the barge were apprehended -- along with their cargo, captain and crew of 11 -- in Sulawesi waters, near Selayar Strait in South Sulawesi, on Thursday evening and were then taken to the Navy port in Makassar. The case will be submitted to the South Sulawesi Forestry Office for further investigation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 October 2005 18:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Solutions sought for decline in orangutan population The government says a comprehensive assessment process is underway on the plight of the orangutan due to mass deforestation, but it will avoid scaring off foreign investors. Minister of Forestry Malam Sambat Kaban said over the weekend that his office was in talks with other authorities and the government of Malaysia on the decreasing number of orangutans -- Asia's only great ape -- which are only found in Kalimantan, parts of Malaysia and Brunei, and in Sumatra.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disaster of man's making now threatens Sumatra Cut Anita peered from the open flap of her sunbaked tent one recent day. She watched keenly as a carpenter hammered a wood plank less than five feet away. Another sawed a board in two, freeing the sweet fragrance of forest hardwood. Her new home was taking shape before her, and she dared not leave. "Someone else might take it," the doleful, wide-eyed woman said from the Red Cross tent erected on the concrete foundation of her former home, which was destroyed by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Posted in Environment @ 15 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Indonesia Cabinet line up President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Wednesday at the State Palace his cabinet line up. The line up was announced at 11:50 p.m. after being postponed from the original schedule at 8 p.m.

Posted in Elections @ 21 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks to heavens for help As Indonesia's haze continues to envelop parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces, Indonesian officials have - again - blamed farmers for starting fires across the country.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jobs in footwear industry drop by almost 60% Over 180,000 people in the footwear industry lost their jobs last year, and many of them may have returned to traditional agriculture, according to the latest government data. The 2003 National Labor Force Survey report (Sakernas) published by the Central Statistic Agency (BPS) recently, stated that the number of jobs in the footwear industry plunged by 58.70 percent from 310,000 in 2002 to 128,000 last year.

Posted in Economy @ 21 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls death penalty for illegal loggers Illegal loggers and corrupt officials who help them plunder vast tracts of virgin tropical forests may face the death penalty under a presidential decree to be issued next month, a senior an official said Monday. "These illegal loggers are environmental terrorists. They steal millions of dollars worth of revenue and destroy the environment," said Fachrir Fathoni, a senior official at the nature conservation directorate at the Forestry Ministry. "We are seriously considering the death penalty. We want to get the big players," he said.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regreening campaign launched in Yogyakarta Six ministers launched the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Movement at Jl. Lingkar Selatan, Bantul district, on Friday. Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Yusuf Kalla, home affairs minister Hari Sabarno, forestry minister M Prakoso, education minister Malik Fajar, settlement and regional infrastructure Minister Sunarno and state minister for the environment Nabiel Makarim planted samenea saman trees together in a nearby area as a symbol of the reforestation campaign, which will cover 29 river basins in 15 provinces.

Posted in Environment @ 09 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Employers fear loss of 1m jobs More than one million Indonesian workers will lose their jobs this year due to ineffective government policies and fierce foreign competition, an employers' group has warned. New investors would stay away, scared by uncertainties resulting from this year's general election, said the Indonesia Employers Association, which groups the nation's leading businessmen.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to reconsider road project in Leuser park Legislators urged the government on Tuesday to abandon its plan to continue construction on a Rp 1 trillion (US$1.2 million) highway cutting through Aceh province in Sumatra. "We do not see any urgency to build the road, at the cost of destroying the Leuser ecosystem," said legislator Zaenal Arifin on Tuesday, echoing what environmentalists said recently.

Posted in Environment @ 12 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials at odds on search for flood victims Authorities have issued conflicting statements on whether the search for more than 100 people still missing after a flash flood in North Sumatra province will be continued. Officials on Tuesday (11/11/03) said a total of 140 bodies had been found since the flood swept through the resort town of Bahorok in Bukit Lawang district on the night of November 2, destroying more than 450 buildings.

Posted in Weather @ 12 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rampant deforestation blamed for Langkat flash flood Government officials have joined environmental activists in blaming inconsistent forest management and poor law enforcement as the main causes of rampant deforestation that resulted in the flash flood which killed at least 103 people on Sunday. Hundreds are missing following the flood in Langkat regency, North Sumatra. "Yes. It's due to unprofessional management. We're not disciplined," Vice President Hamzah Haz said on Tuesday, commenting on the disaster.

Posted in Weather @ 04 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal logging costing Indonesia dearly Illegal logging is costing Indonesia US$600 million annually, Forestry Ministry Secretary General Wahyudi Wardoyo said after opening the second Asia Forest Partnership (AFP) meeting here. "The loss does not include the ecological destruction of forests and the environment, as well as moral degradation," Wahyudi said on Wednesday, quoting a World Bank report.

Posted in Environment @ 11 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Forests are damaged by illegal logging A large portion of Indonesia's forests have been damaged through illegal logging, and other nations must tighten controls to stop importing this wood, a Cabinet minister said Thursday. "Total losses from illegal logging in Indonesia amount to US$600 million per year, which is equivalent to four times the annual government budget for the forestry sector," Forestry Minister Muhammad Prakosa said in a statement issued Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods leave 11 dead, 1 missing Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in a hilly region of southern Sumatra island, leaving at least 11 people dead and one missing, Indonesian police said Friday. A 21-year-old woman and her infant were among those buried under earth and rubble when the landslide struck the village of Laai in South Sumatra, said Sgt. Affandi. Like many Indonesians, Affandi uses a single name.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This year we have still to see the worst of the floods. Former state minister for the environment and professor in business ethics Sonny Keraf, who served in the Cabinet of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, shares his views on environmental policy with The Jakarta Post contributor Dwi Iswandono. . Question: What is your comment on the recent floods? . Answer: The floods have been caused by human behavior. The root of this disaster is morality, as displayed in the form of bad practice in government, private enterprise and society. Such actions have ignored all the regulations we made to safeguard the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze creeps back over parts of Southeast Asia The thick haze which blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbors for months three years ago is beginning to choke regional skies again, officials said on Monday. The haze has been returning to parts of Kalimantan and Sumatra as well as southern Thailand.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeripto's troubles began after he compiled a report accusing Indonesia's largest timber conglomerate of "under-reporting" the kind of deliberate forest fires that threaten to smother Southeast Asia under another blanket of haze this summer.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The oil-rich province of Riau generates 20% of Indonesia's wealth but gets back only a fraction of that. The locals are demanding more.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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