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Global demand is surging, prices are going up, and the industry’s profits too.

But the expansion of palm plantations is also considered one of the main drivers of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia.

As a result major companies such as Nestlé or Unilever have boycotted some local palm oil producers.

In response the industry set-up the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil, or RSPO, in a attempt to promote more environment-friendly practices.

Solenn Honorine reports from a village in Riau, Indonesia, where farmers hope to become the first independent small holders to get the RSPO certification of sustainability.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 April 2011 16:30 )

Indonesia’s Bird King

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Download For some, listening to Mozart is bliss, while others like to rock to sounds of heavy metal bands.

43-year-old Indonesian telecommunications executive Duta Ong’s passion is to listen to songbirds sing.

He has more than 100 birds that he puts in weekly singing competitions.

The events are highly competitive with people willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a prize-winning song-bird.

Rebecca Henschke went to  meet  Duta Ong at his home on the day of a competition.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 April 2011 14:11 )

From Street Kid to Grad Student: Willie’s Story

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Adopted at birth, his host parents died when he was 15 years old.

His hometown in Ambon was then rocked by sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims.

Nearly 10,000 people died.

He left for the capital Jakarta with a man who promised him an education. Instead he was forced into child labor. 

He managed to escape and ran to a church, they then handed him over to a crisis centre for street children called ‘Puspita’ and it’s there that he turned his life around.

Rebecca Henschke has his extraordinary story.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2011 12:01 )

Indonesia Warns of World-Wide Famine

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Download The Indonesian government this week warned of a world-wide famine due to climate change and a growing population.

The comments were made during an International ministerial conference on food security in Bali.

As Esther de Jong reports food prices of stable items have soared in recent months.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 March 2011 11:33 )

Indonesia to Continue Planning for Nuclear Power Plants

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Download Just days after announcing ambitious plans to expand its nuclear capacity, China has decided to put a temporary freeze on approving new plants until safety measures are improved.

China currently has 13 nuclear power plants and 25 more are under construction.

But Indonesia says it will go ahead with its plans to build a nuclear reactor by 2019, even though the country regularly suffers from earthquakes and tsunamis.

Jakarta's plans have changed a number of times but officials insist nuclear power planets will be built in Indonesia.

Lauri Myllyirita an Energy Campaigner Greenpeace International is in Jakarta to try and convince the country that it’s a bad idea.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 14:59 )
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