When the Secretary-General of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Darryl Webber, rose to conclude the organisation’s tenth meeting two weeks ago in Singapore, he simply stated his view that “the RSPO is flying”.
Conflicts around natural resources have a long history in Indonesia. Current observations confirm an alarming increase in conflicts, mainly at the local level. These are not only increasing in frequency, but also in terms of intensity, leading to violent and sometimes fatal incidents.
Growing populations in the Lower Mekong region of Vietnam could undermine sustainable conservation efforts unless measures are taken to ensure development activities do not overrun local capacity.
Karachi, 25 August 2012 - With Pakistan’s last major stands of deodar (cedar) threatened by a 'timber mafia’, the local people in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are resorting to direct action to stop the denudation of their picturesque alpine homeland.
PHNOM PENH, 12 May 2012 - The death of an environmental activist, shot dead by police, has galvanised his campaign against deforestation and illegal logging in a scenic part of Cambodia.
VIENTIANE, 16 April 2012 - With pressure on natural resources increasing in Laos, the first community land titles granted to five villages in Vientiane Province could provide a national model for environmental protection while safeguarding the livelihoods of villagers.
Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management: A Summary of the Asian Experience. Rights and Resources Initiative.
Renewable Resource Shocks and Conflict in India’s Maoist Belt. CGD Working Papre 302. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.