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Land clearing for palm oil plantations jeopardises Indonesia’s climate commitments, harms rural communities: report

The clearing of natural forests for the expansion of palm oil plantations in Indonesia is putting its commitment to reducing emissions at risk, according to a new report, while also causing the loss of land and livelihoods among the country’s rural communities.While the Southeast Asian nation has made much progress in reducing forest fires since the great blazes of 1997-98, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report points out that land grabs and the destruction of peatlands continue are continuing,…The clearing of natural forests for the expansion of palm oil plantations in Indonesia is putting its commitment to reducing emissions at risk, according to a new report, while also causing the loss of land and livelihoods among the country’s rural communities.While the Southeast Asian nation has made much progress in reducing forest fires since the great blazes of 1997-98, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report points out that land grabs and the destruction of peatlands continue are continuing,…Read MoreNews – South China Morning Post