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Environmental Consultant, FORUM-ASIA (Re-advertised)

FORUM-ASIA is looking for an Environmental Consultant to update and operationalize our Environmental Impact Policy, identify the capacity-building needs on #environmentalrights issues and undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to identify risks, opportunities and vulnerabilities in line with the development of FORUM-ASIA’s next strategy. Interested applicants are requested to fill...

Indonesia: OEMs Face Human Rights Issues With Indonesian Tin

Pressure is mounting on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to re-examine their supply chains in an effort to stop procuring tin from Bangka Island, Indonesia. Questions about the use of Indonesian tin comes in the wake of recent research that suggests dangerous tin mining practices have caused deaths and environmental...

Indonesia: Community in the dark over nickel mine

A vulnerable Indonesian community has been let down by a failing legal system and international human rights mechanisms, according to a new report. With nickel use growing at about 4 per cent every year the report reveals communities in eastern Indonesia's Halmahera Island are being economically displaced by the PT...

Indonesia: Respecting Human Rights Key to Ending Deforestation in Indonesia

Dogwood Alliance is pleased to once again take part in Blog Action Day. This year’s theme is Human Rights, and we decided to step away from forests in the Southern US for our post and spend some time discussing how respecting human rights is the key to ending deforestation...

Democratic Voice of Burma: Irrawaddy villagers protest over fishing rights

Some 150 villagers gathered on Tuesday morning in central Burma’s Irrawaddy division to protest a government scheme they say is preventing them from fishing in local ponds to earn a livelihood. The villagers from Ma-ubin, some 25 miles west of Rangoon, are demanding the right to fish freely in local...

EU/Indonesia: Timber Agreement Flawed

(Jakarta) – The new timber trade agreement between Indonesia and the European Union does not go far enough to curb illegal logging linked to rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The agreement requires Indonesian timber exported to the EU to carry a certificate showing it was harvested legally, but...

Indonesia: Forest Misuse Costs Indonesia $7 Billion in Revenue, Report Says

Illegal logging and mismanagement of Indonesia’s forestry industry may have prevented more than $7 billion flowing to state coffers from 2007 to 2011, costing the government more than its health budget, Human Rights Watch said. In contrast, the Indonesian government’s 2011 revenue from timber royalties and reforestation fees was $300...

Indonesia: Illegal Logging Pact Doesn’t Go Far Enough

On Sept. 30, Indonesia and the European Union entered into a historic agreement to protect Indonesia’s forests from illegal logging by guaranteeing that only legally harvested timber products will be exported from Indonesia to the EU. Now, an international human rights group is saying the agreement does not go far...

Indonesia: Palm Oil Companies Keep Breaking the Promises They Claim to Keep

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was created in 2004 by the palm oil industry and civil society groups (including conservation groups like the WWF) to set guidelines for greener oil production and to encourage industry expansion without social conflict. 15 percent of palm oil produced is now...

Cambodia: Projects ‘threaten mangroves’

Mangrove forests along Cambodia’s coast in Kampot support more than 100,000 families and create a diverse ecosystem that is home to hundreds of unique species. But coastal development projects, coupled with locals’ reliance on the forest for their livelihoods, threaten to decimate more than 1,000 hectares of this lush environment,...