24 April 2014 - mongabay.com - Satria Eka Hadinaryanto, Mongabay-Indonesia correspondent.  

As one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, Indonesia is often at the receiving end of criticism and protests by activists, and even by its own people. Its poor forest and land management practices, which have been going on for decades, have degraded both its landscapes and its reputation. 

Land conflicts between local communities and companies, between communities and governments, and even between the communities themselves, have become regular news in the media. Not only has this resulted in human casualties, but wildlife is stuck in the middle as their habitat is destroyed by oil palm plantation development. Killings of elephants and orangutans have been linked to oil palm plantations across the country. 

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2014 March 13 -Jakarta. Deputy Chairman of the Aceh Parliament, Muhammad Tanwir Mahdi, has announced to local media that Aceh Parliament rejected the Ministry of Domestic Affairs’ official evaluation of the Aceh spatial plan by-law (Qanun RTRWA) 2014-2034.

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12 February 2014- Mongabay.com.  The Indonesian government has rejected nearly 932,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) of oil palm, timber, and logging concessions due to its moratorium on new permits across millions of hectares of peatlands and rainforests, reports Mongabay-Indonesia.

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19 January 2014 - Jakarta / Indonesia- SOCP.   On 27th December 2013 the Aceh Parliament dismayed local community members, NGOs and scientists around the world by passing a highly controversial new land use plan. If approved by Indonesia’s Central Government later this month, the plan (known locally as Qanun RTRWA) will severely threaten Aceh’s last remaining lowland forests and the life support they provide to millions of Acehnese people.

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9 January 2014 - Mongabay.com - In a precedent-setting case, an Indonesian court has found a palm oil company guilty of violating environmental laws and ordered it to pay $30 million in fines and reparations for clearing an area of protected peat forest that is a stronghold for endangered orangutans in Indonesia’s Aceh Province. (UPDATE: Clearing continues according to the Green Journalist)

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