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.
Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia 'modern slavery' investigation
By Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley
A makeshift grave is at the edge of remote Tupan village in Indonesia's East Nusa Tengarra (NTT) province.
An Indonesian zoo which activists have described as "horrific" and "soul destroying" is under renewed scrutiny after the release of a video which appears to show undernourished sun bears begging tourists for food.
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.