31 Dec '16, 8pm

The year in tropical rainforests: 2016

After last year’s catastrophic haze crisis which affected tens of millions of people across Southeast Asia, Indonesia started the year on a path to reform business-as-usual approaches to forest management. In January, Indonesian President Joko Widodo appointed conservationist Nazir Foead to head up a newly-created peatland restoration agency (BRG), charged with both restoring peatlands damaged by 2015’s fires and addressing the underlying causes of the country’s peat and forest fires. In what seemed to be an indication of the central government’s desire to pursue legal action against alleged perpetrators of the haze crisis, the head of the newly-merged Ministry of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya indicated she would personally fight to overturn a lower court decision not to prosecute a pulp and paper company for fires that burned within its concession during the heigh...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/12/the-year-in-tropical-ra...

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