Oil palm licenses revoked in Papua’s Merauke

Local government in Merauke regency of Indonesia’s Papua province has pulled a number of oil palm licences in what’s being called a victory for the environment. In recent years, tens of thousands of hectares of native forest have been lost to oil palm development and other agri-industries in Papua’s far south-eastern regency. But the Merauke regency government revoked the permits […]

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NZ not worried about absences from PACER Plus

New Zealand’s trade minister says the signing of a regional free trade agreement today, after nearly a decade of negotiations, is cause for great celebration. Nine countries from around the region, as well as Australia and New Zealand, are in Tonga to sign the PACER Plus agreement, wrapping up nearly a decade of negotiations. The deal has been polarising with […]

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Indonesia, Freeport still differ on IUPK scheme

The government and Freeport Indonesia are still not in agreement over several aspects of the latter’s contract of work (CoW) conversion to a special mining permit (IUPK), an official has said. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s secretary-general, Teguh Parmudji, said for example, that Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of the United States-based mining giant Freeport-McMoRan, had demanded a separate financial […]

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