Posted in: Natural Resources

As Jokowi calls for climate action, destructive coal mining continues to boom

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The president is signalling a shift in energy policy away from coal, but mining for the resource shows no signs of slowing. Article 33’s Santoso gives a closer view of what the practice is costing communities on the ground.

Jokowi’s call to stall mining law revisions rings hollow as deliberations proceed

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Despite mass student protests and an intervention by the president, legislators last week picked up where they left off on dangerous revisions to the mining law, write JATAM’s Merah Johansyah and Alwiya Shahbanu.

Best of 2019: Talking Indonesia

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2019 was a big year for Talking Indonesia. Here we present the 10 episodes that were most popular with podcast subscribers over the past year.

As haze returns, government will pay to protect forests

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Plans are underway to reward provincial and district governments for protecting the environment – bringing potential for better conservation across Indonesia, write Erman A. Rahman and R. Alam Surya Putra

Talking Indonesia: energy

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How can Indonesia wean itself off coal and protect its electricity supply at the same time? What are the prospects for renewables, which currently only make up 7 per cent of Indonesia's energy mix? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Emanuel Bria in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: environmental politics

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How is Indonesia balancing its environmental challenges with its economic interests? What are the roles of government, business and civil society? Dr Jemma Purdey explores these issues with Professor Suraya Affif, from the University of Indonesia, in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia

Talking Indonesia: good governance and extractive industries

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The extractive industries sector is notorious for rent-seeking, opaque licensing rules and assertive resource nationalism. In this episode of Talking Indonesia, new host Dr Dirk Tomas speaks to Dr Poppy Sulistyaning Winanti about civil society efforts to improve transparency and accountability in the sector.

Land rights in Jokowi's Indonesia

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When he assumed the presidency, Joko Widodo made a commitment to strengthen the rights of local communities over land and forests. Dr Rachael Diprose writes that despite recent advancements in the legal and institutional recognition of land rights, many challenges remain.

Oil and gas exploration: free the data

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Indonesian oil and gas exploration has been described as "in crisis", with analysts pinning the blame on excessive and contradictory regulations and an inefficient bureaucracy. Senior ABC journalist Helen Brown spoke to Andang Bachtiar about his efforts to improve data access in the sector in this piece for Indonesia at Melbourne.

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