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Indonesia gears up to fight health-damaging forest fires

JAKARTA: Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-­damaging haze across much of South-East Asia.

ROC Race stars light up Forest City

The first Asian edition of the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) Race made waves as 7,000 participants successfully crossed the finishing line in Forest City, Johor.

MB: ECRL project may cut through forest reserve

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said by right forest reserves should not be disturbed but there were conditions that would allow for development.

Making forest more accessible

THE Bukit Juru forest reserve has been given a fresher look with the addition of hand railing, tree tagging, signboards and concrete benches among others.

Sabah authorities to focus on illegal forest reserve settlements

KOTA KINABALU: More illegal settlements in Sabah’s forest reserves are under the “radar” of the authorities.

Gunung Pulai Forest Reserve reopens with better safety measures

KULAI: The Gunung Pulai Forest Reserve, which was closed down some 15 years ago following a tragedy that saw the loss of five lives, has finally reopened to the public with an early warning system installed for the safety of visitors.

Malacca forest reserve being cleared of timber

MALACCA: For close to a week now, lorries have been entering a forest reserve at the state’s border with Negri Sembilan and leaving with priceless timber.

Palm oil industry fumes as Indonesia gets tough on forest fires

JAKARTA: Palm oil firms have slammed Indonesia's move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo's latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world's top producer of the commodity.

Forest fire fight gets boost

JAKARTA: The Home Ministry has ordered local administrations in Kalimantan and Sumatra to launch preventive measures to contain forest fires after the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) discovered a growing number of hotspots in the two provinces.

Preserve forest reserves, Kedah urged

ALOR SETAR: Over 2,000ha of forest reserves in Kedah have been cleared illegally to make way for new agricultural areas, the state Forestry Department director said.