Preparing the New Pingo

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Jakarta. A number of palm oil plantations in Riau province have allegedly received under the table permits, according to a report by a coalition of environmental NGOs dubbed the Eyes of the Earth, or EoF.

Earlier in 2014, the Forestry Ministry had converted 1.6 million hectares of forest areas into non-forest areas under a ministerial decree, but 26 companies have been found to be operating under the wrong type of license within the converted area as they are missing cultivation permits (HGU) and forest-estate release permits.

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Efforts to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls have long been hindered by a lack of data about the barriers they face. Surveys and other needs assessments are often conducted with heads of household — usually men.

A growing movement of organizations is now seeking to fill in the data gender gap. One of them is Girl Effect, a social enterprise that developed the Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors program. TEGA trains and deploys girls in their own communities to gather data from their peers.

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