ForestNews – How to save Indonesia’s last seasonal forests

Indonesia is down to its last tropical seasonal forests – and they’re entirely unprotected.

The forests are found in the Tanimbar archipelago in Maluku Province, due directly north of Darwin, Australia, on the border of the Banda and Arafura seas. One of the most unconnected parts of the archipelago, Tanimbar has no formal port of entry, and population lingers around 100,000 scattered across the 30 or so islands in the group.

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Mongabay – ‘Empty pocket season’: Dayak women farmers grapple with the impacts of oil palm plantations

“When oil palm was given out by the district head I didn’t accept it. I am still angry at the oil palm companies,” says Monica Mensea. At 83, Mensea is the oldest woman in her village of Long Bentuk, a Dayak Medang indigenous community in East Kalimantan, a province in Indonesian Borneo. Though her body is weakening and her brown eyes are cloudy with cataracts, Mensea’s mind is as sharp as ever. For nearly 20 years she led her community as the kepala adat (customary head) of Long Bentuk, in the administrative district of East Kutai. Despite her firm stance against converting land to industrial oil palm, today a corporate-run estate abuts her village’s land, where her community’s ancestral forest once stood. New pest infestations, oil palm plantations and climate change are all affecting local livelihoods and food availability. Women are suffering the most, through increased workloads and food shortages.

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AP – Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has suspended plans to give its influential endorsement to Indonesian paper giant Sinarmas after revelations it cut down tropical forests and used an opaque corporate structure to hide its activities.

The Forest Stewardship Council said Thursday that it had halted a process that could have enabled the Asia Pulp & Paper arm of Sinarmas to be readmitted to the organization.

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RSPO (endorsed) P&C Lead Auditor Course

JAN has teamed up with CheckMark Training, an RSPO endorsed P&C Lead Auditor Trainer. We jointly organise an RSPO P&C Lead Auditor Course at Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention Centre, Medan (Indonesia), on October 1-5, 2018. This course includes a site visit to Begerpang POM & Estate, Desa Batu Lokong (Lonsum).

The course duration is 40 contact hours comprising the following:

  • Day 1-2: lecture based training and workshops (16 hours)
  • Day 3: mock audit at oil palm plantation and palm oil mill (10 hours)
  • Day 4: Interactive sessions on auditing the RSPO Criteria and leading an audit (8 hours)
  • Day 5: Course summary and written exam (6 hours)

We consider Checkmark Training to be the most practical trainer for (lead) auditors. The course is hands-on and provides a wealth of guidance based on years of experience in auditing. For more information on this course, visit CheckMark Training.

Download the RSPO P&C Registration form (Word Document).

Mongabay – Indonesia forest assessment casts an optimistic light on a complex issue

Indonesia has released its inaugural report on the state of its forests, highlighting recent successes in conserving an ecological treasure trove that makes up the third-largest span of tropical rainforest in the world.

The report, titled “The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018”, was published with support from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which puts out its own annual report on the state of the world’s forests, and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative. It was first presented by Indonesia’s environment minister in Jakarta on July 11, and then at an FAO forestry committee meeting in Rome on July 16, attended by representatives from 99 FAO member countries.

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New Blog: Evidence of Conformity

Evidence of Conformity (EoC) is JAN’s new blog with tips & tricks for (newbie) auditors. It focuses on methods and practical examples of verifying evidence provided by stakeholders. Click here to access all posts related to evidence of conformity.