BOGOR, West Java (JP): A study sponsored by two International organizations shows that Indonesia’s forests widely regarded as among the most biologically important tropical forests in the world are under dire threat as heavily debt-laden companies struggle obtain sufficient wood for continuous production.
APP faces wood fiber shortage
JAKARTA — Asia Pulp & Paper Co., Asia’s largest pulp and paper maker outside of Japan, is facing a wood fiber shortage that could raise operating costs and erode future profits, according to independent research.
Asia Pulp & Paper Faces Shortages of Wood Fiber
Jakarta, Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) – Asia Pulp & Paper Co., Asia’s largest pulp and paper maker outside of Japan, is facing a wood fiber shortage that could raise operating costs and erode future profits, according to independent research. The research sponsored by the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research and the World Wide Fund for Nature Macroeconomics Program Office – finds that yields from the company’s timber plantations will meet only half the wood needed for its main mill at PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper unit to run at full capacity, at best.
Ancient Resin Still Supports North Sumatrans
Bogor, West Java (JP): Once described by Middle Eastern traders as the ‘frankincense of Sumatra,’ benzoin (kemenyan) from Indonesia has been sold for more than a thousand years in markets around the world.
The Carbon Trappers
“We know how to grow maize and raise cattle,” explains Enrique Lopez, a loquacious Mayan Indian with angular features and a complexion the colour of mahogany. Like the other men who accompany us up a dirt track above Yaluma, a village in the Chiapas highlands, he is wearing the uniform of the Mexican campesino: starch-white sombrero, patched-up trousers and ragged boots. “But I don’t want my children to do these things, to be poor like us,” he continues. “I want them to study. And for that I need money, which is what I hope these trees will bring us.”
Ways to stop the earth from overheating are far from easy
Indigenous Mayan villages in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, have discovered a new cash crop. It certainly won’t bring them the riches that gold brought earlier Amerindian civilisations, but it should give them a new source of income. Next to their fields of beans and maize they are planting trees: not, as you might expect, for timber – although they will yield that too – but for the environmental services they provide.
Indonesia’s forests disappearing by the day experts reveal
BOGOR, Indonesia, April 28 (AFP) – Indonesia’s forests are disappearing at a rate of 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) a day and the government appears to be unable to do anything about it, experts said. "The situation is getting worse and we should do something," said Jeffrey Sayer, director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
Donors Meet, Jakarta Is Being Pressed to Rein In Illegal Logging
JAKARTA – When representivives onesia’s principal aid and financial donors meet here Tuesday and Wednesday, they will not be simply g evidence of progress in returning the country’s administration, finances, banks and companies to health.the first time, the 33 members of consultative Group on Indonesia so be seeking firm assurances that e government will take action to stern an alarming increase in the rate at which (lie country’s tropical forests – second in size only to of Brazil – are disappearing, mainly is a result of illegal logging.