Greenpeace ship visits Indonesia to promote forest conservation

September 27, 2008

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – A Greenpeace ship, the Esperanza, will arrive in Indonesia on October 6 to promote forest and climate conservation as part of the environmentalist organization`s `Forest for Climate` campaign, a spokesperson said.

The Esperanza would arrive in Jayapura, Papua, on October 6 and remain until Nov 15 to spotlight the need to defend the last remaining natural forests in Indonesia, according to Greenpeace media campaigner Nabiha Shahab in an e-mail to Antara on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »


Norwegian wealth fund sells stake in Rio Tinto

September 14, 2008

The opencast Grasberg mine in West Papua, Indonesia, has been called one of

the worst eyesores in the world

From The Times
September 10, 2008

David Robertson, Business Correspondent

One of Rio Tinto’s largest shareholders has sold its £500 million stake in the company over concerns about the Grasberg goldmine, which has been called one of the world’s worst eyesores.

The $375 billion (£213 billion) Norwegian sovereign wealth fund said on Tuesday that it had sold its shares after failing to persuade Rio to improve operations at the West Papua mine.

The Norwegian Finance Minister publicly shamed Rio in a statement that accused the company of “severe environmental damage”.

The Grasberg operation in West Papua, Indonesia, is the world’s largest goldmine and the third-largest copper mine, but it is notorious among human rights and environmental campaigners. Read the rest of this entry »


Greenpeace says Indonesia mustn’t encroach on Papua forests in oil palm push

May 26, 2008

A very important warning from Arief Wicaksono of Greenpeace

Posted at 08:12 on 22 May, 2008 UTC in RNZI

Greenpeace says that without good governance, Indonesia’s plans to utilise millions more hectares in its Papua region are unlikely to be sustainably managed.

Indonesia’s agriculture ministry says that since Sumatra and Kalimantan have become too dense for new palm oil plantations, the only land available is in Papua.

Indonesia, which is the world’s largest palm oil producer, has three to four million hectares of land suitable for palm oil plantations in the Papua region.

However Indonesia’s already the third largest carbon emitter in the world and Greenpeace Southeast Asia Political Advisor, Arief Wicaksono, says oil palm plantation expansion will only increase the rate.

He says such plans usually mean more deforestation and ongoing hunger for land.

“The government should have stronger and stricter controls on how the plantations not encroaching the forests. If you look back to early 2007, the Agriculture Minister said that to become number one palm oil producer [in the world], we don’t have to encroach natural forests.”

Arief Wicaksono of Greenpeace


U.S. firm to invest $4 bln in Indonesian pulp factory

March 28, 2008

Related to the logging industry pressure to loosen Papua Log Export Ban, an international pulp factory plans to invest and to destroy our forest. Do we need investment that only for the benefit of business elites? Forest is our mother, please help her to be green and protect our soul from greediness.

Source of Information: Xinhua and  Pulp.Inc Read the rest of this entry »


Papua log export ban

March 28, 2008

Papua log export ban is very serious, and all Papuan should support the Papua Log Export Ban. Log export ban is under pressure now. It seems that both Papua local government and central government of Indonesia are showing a tendency to loosen the regulation. We should questioned the purpose of cutting trees and deforestation in Papua.

STOP DEFORESTATION  !!!

SAVE PAPUA TROPICAL FOREST !!!

Tropical deforestation accounts for approximately 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia is the world’s third largest emitter largely due to deforestation. If Indonesia’s government is serious about saving its forests and tackling climate change, it should fully support the Papua log export ban.

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BP Shattered illusions

March 19, 2008

Papua and the Blessing of Its Natural Resources

January 30, 2008

 

Grasberg Gold Mine, West Papua

Natural resources like oil,  copper and gold in Papua is a blessing. It is true that countries with abundant natural resources are blessing, and Papua is the place in Indonesia should enjoyed the exploration of natural resources . Read the rest of this entry »