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What does the EU’s new deforestation regulation mean for Indonesia?

The EU’s recent deforestation initiative, as the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), poses a significant challenge to countries with a comparative advantage in commodity-based sectors, like Indonesia.

Is Mohammad Hatta’s cooperative economic vision still relevant today?

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Muhammad Hatta was a forward-thinking intellectual whose ideas regarding collaborative economics prefigured today's degrowth movement. His economic ideas present a viable and fair alternative to the capitalist paradigms driving social inequality and environmental degradation.

China-Indonesia economic cooperation cannot continue to overlook human security

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For national elites, China is now widely seen as a providential partner whose capital and technology are pivotal for a development agenda centred on infrastructure, digitalisation and downstreaming activities. But while Chinese funding has helped Indonesia rise up the value chain, it is clear this comes at a high cost to local people and the natural environment.

Talking Indonesia: energy transition

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In the recent national elections, the candidates paid surprisingly little attention to one of the greatest challenges Indonesia and the world at large is currently facing – that of climate change. What are Indonesia’s stated commitments and ambitions towards an energy transition away from fossil fuels? Does it have a plan to get there? And what will it take?

Unpacking Indonesia’s Just Energy Transition Roadmap

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As part of its obligations under the Just Energy Transition Partnership, Indonesia released a Comprehensive Investment and Policy Plan that details a roadmap for reaching peak emissions in 2030 and becoming net zero by 2050. It was written with an eye toward making Indonesia’s renewable energy sector more attractive to private capital. But is it politically feasible?

What do illegal loggers and nature conservationists have in common?

In the minds of many conservationists and the public, nature conservation and illegal logging are polar opposites: one saves forests while the other destroys them. But importantly, in some instances, local communities fear conservationists as much as companies and the state.

More than batteries – can shared EV ambitions kickstart a new green tech ecosystem?

Details of the EV partnership between Indonesia and Australia are still opaque. But, regardless, the shared commitment of Australia and Indonesia to their own battery and EV industries could mark a significant milestone in the quest for closer economic relations.

The 2024 elections will be crucial for Indonesian forests: What can we learn from Norway’s anti-deforestation support?

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In 2021 the Indonesian government terminated the REDD+ anti-deforestation deal with Norway. A new agreement between the two countries was unveiled in the lead-up to COP27 but it is lower in ambition and lacks clear financing commitments. What can lessons can we learn from the REDD+ agreement?

Talking Indonesia: sand mining

According to a report from the UN, sand is the second most exploited natural resource in the world after water. Done without care, sand mining can cause coastal areas or even whole islands to disappear. Some fishing communities in Indonesia are at risk of losing their livelihoods and cultures due to sand mining operations.

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