Tiger sighting on Sumatran highway causes a stir, but is no surprise

Sumatra’s remaining forests are home to highly threatened animals found nowhere else, like the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. A picture of a tiger near an under-construction highway in Sumatra’s... Read more »

Southeast Asia is the world’s bilge dumping hotspot—what can be done to stop ships discharging waste oil?

A beach covered in oily clumps in Bintan, Indonesia, in January 2020. Bilge dumping—the illegal discharge of waste oil from ships—is believed to be the cause, which is a... Read more »

Food and beverage industry: no plans to totally discard plastic

In December 2019, Mondelēz trialled 100 per cent recyclable paper packaging in one of its products. The global food company said it is made of paper material that does... Read more »

Indonesia’s reserves jump to near record on bond sales

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s foreign reserves surged to near a record after the government raised about US$3 billion last month from the sale of global bonds, according to a person with knowledge... Read more »

Borneo activists win a court battle to bar a coal miner from their land

Children play in a river lined with coal stockpiles in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Indigenous groups and local officials have successfully argued that the firm, PT Mantimin Coal Mining, should... Read more »

Indonesia, UAE sign business deal worth about US$23b — Widodo

Indonesia signed 11 business deals with the United Arab Emirates worth a combined 314.9 trillion rupiah (US$23 billion) covering investment in energy and other sectors, Indonesian President Joko Widodo... Read more »

Indonesia urged to follow ‘game-changer’ Malaysia on palm oil maps

Smoke covers the forest in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan in Indonesia Making palm oil plantation maps publicly available could make it easier to monitor who is responsible for fires and deforestation.... Read more »

Do Smallholders hold the key to sustainable palm oil?

Suharynanto, head of smallholder cooperative KUD Karya Makmur, oversees the planting of palm oil seedlings to kickstart a new growing cycle. Palm oil smallholders play an increasing role in... Read more »

Indonesia oil slicks highlight weak enforcement against bilge dumping

An oil tanker off the coast of Indonesia. Bilge dumping is commonly practiced in the country and highlights the poor monitoring by port, marine security, and law enforcement officials,... Read more »