Papua tribe moves to block clearing of its ancestral forest for palm oil

Members of the Auyu tribe of Papua, Indonesia, are demanding a halt to the operations of palm oil company PT Indo Asiana Lestari (IAL), which appears to be gearing up to clear their ancestral forests. IAL’s concession is part of the Tanah Merah megaproject that is already dogged by allegations that key operating permits have been falsified.

Ríos tóxicos La lucha por recuperar el agua acaparada por las plantaciones de palma aceitera en Indonesia

Entre 2000 y 2020, el área de las plantaciones de palma aceitera en Kalimantan aumentó más del doble, de 2 millones 400 mil hectáreas a 5 millones 800 mil hectáreas. Kalimantan Occidental es la tercera área más grande de producción de palma aceitera de Indonesia, con plantaciones que cubren cerca de un millón y medio de hectáreas a lo largo de sus once distritos.

The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

Indonesia is the world's largest exporter of palm oil, and Papua is its newest frontier. A visual investigation suggests fires have been deliberately set on the land by Korean palm oil giant that has been buying up swathes of Asia's largest remaining rainforests for their plantations.