03 January 2013 - Jakarta Globe. It is a tradition in mass media to compile an end-of-the-year list. While the Jakarta Globe has covered "Indonesian Stories That Raised Eyebrows in 2012" and "The Biggest News Stories of 2012 Have Only Just Begun," do not forget to take a moment to review environmental issues.

Indonesia is often dubbed as a country plagued with amnesia. Hence, here are a few of environmental stories that made headlines over the past year — those that still need to be followed up in 2013.
 
Illegal Wildlife Trading

Indonesian Police arrested a Depok resident in possession of dozens of stuffed rare animals and pelts in July — after a long hiatus on breaking down illegal wildlife trading.

At least 25 stuffed animals and pelts of rare and protected species were seized by the police, in Cimanggis, Depok, West Java, in the July raid.

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31 December 2012 -Jakarta - Channel News Asia.   Indonesia’s Supreme Court ordered a major palm oil company to pay more than $390 million to the state for tax evasion, a judge said on Friday, in a case likely to set a precedent in the graft-ridden nation.

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2 November 2012 - mongabay.com.   China and India, the world's largest palm oil buyers, should reduce or eliminate an import tariff on eco-certified palm oil to boost demand for less-damaging production of the widely-used oilseed, said the President of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) during the body's tenth annual meeting in Singapore.

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22 October 2012 - Aceh, Sumatra- endoftheicons.   “If the world refuses oil palm, that’s not fair. I die hard there. I talked to Greenpeace, telling that there is no environmental destructing oil palm in Indonesia.” That was President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono's (SBY’s) statement by the end of June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as quoted by Investor Daily.

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15 October 2012- Medan - Endoftheicons.com.   A large, fully adult male Sumatran Orangutan weighing around 90 kg was rescued yesterday (14/10/12) from an isolated forest fragment in the Tripa Peat Swamp Forests in the Nagan Raya District of Aceh Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, as illegal destruction of this unique ecosystem by rogue palm oil companies continues.

 

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