Indonesia extends ban on logging of virgin forest

 An Indonesian activist in an orangutan costume holds banners during a protest calling for protection of orangutan habitats on Sumatra, in Medan. Photo: AP

Indonesia has extended a logging ban to protect rainforests despite fierce industry pressure, the government said yesterday, while green campaigners slammed the move as inadequate.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 12:45am

APP's pledge on Indonesia's forests brings hope

Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Indonesian chairman of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). APP has committed itself not to establish further plantations or develop peatland on forested land. Photo: AFP

Last week, one of the biggest paper companies in the world announced a new forest conservation policy that, if implemented, will end the company's long and controversial history of deforestation. Asia Pulp & Paper has pulp and paper mills both in Indonesia and in China, and is one of several companies that together dominate the China and Hong Kong paper market.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

'Revaluing' the forest

If we are to find solutions to the environmental and climate change problems we face today, we need to think differently.

Protecting our forests is very important. There is relentless demand for scarce timber to build furniture and houses and to make paper. Forests will continue to be destroyed until we can prove they are worth more to us 'alive'.

1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Amazon disappearing

Vanishing wonder

The Amazon is the world?s largest rainforest. It is also the biggest river basin. Its borders are in eight countries. It has 20 per cent of all our free-flowing fresh water.

As the WWF says, protecting it is vital for the planet?s health. But we are chopping and burning the Amazon down.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Your words for the summer

We've had oodles of entries for our Your Perfect Summer essay competition which closed yesterday. Hong Kong's budding writers have certainly been busy. Readers from all over Hong Kong have been writing about how they would spend their perfect summer, where they would like to spend it or who they would like to spend it with. Here are just two of the entries we've enjoyed reading.

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


Man's Heritage: Sloth, The 7th Deadly Sin

Pearl, 8.30pm

This bizarre, secretive and indolent animal is related to ant eaters and armadillos but, unlike them, eats only plants and moves lazily through the tree canopy of tropical rainforests, munching on leaves. If you think nothing much could happen in the life of such an inactive animal, think again.

2 May 2002 - 12:00am

Ask Mr brain..all will be explained

How do birds know which way to go when they migrate? MIMI KAN Sacred Heart Canossian College Some birds, like many other animals, migrate to find suitable places to breed or new food supplies. The Arctic tern travels up to 40,000 kilometres each year in the course of its migration between the Arctic and the Antarctic. This makes it the animal with the longest migration route.

7 Apr 1999 - 12:00am