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  • Industry associations representing palm oil and timber companies had challenged four articles in the 2007 Environment Law and the 1999 Forestry Law.
  • The lobby groups had taken issue with a rule making it easier for the government to sue firms for fires that occur on their land.
  • The associations also wanted the Constitutional Court to ban slash-and-burn agriculture for everyone, small farmers included.
  • This week, the groups announced they were withdrawing the suit but said they still intended to seek "improvement" of the laws.
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JAKARTA — Just days after a pair of associations representing the palm oil and timber industries filed a lawsuit against Indonesia’s environment and forestry laws, they withdrew the suit, claiming they needed more time to study the rules.

But they would challenge the law again in the future, Joko Supriyono, chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI), said in Jakarta this week.

Under the current legal regime, he insisted, companies are held unfairly accountable for fires that occur on their land.

Pressure groups that had been gearing up to fight the suit in court welcomed its cancellation.

Read more: Lobby groups drop lawsuit against Indonesian environment law

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Jakarta - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that Indonesia remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate changes as stated in the Paris Agreement.

“Indonesia remains [committed to] the Paris Agreement,” Kalla said at the Vice Presidential Office in Jakarta today, after meeting with Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet, German Ambassador to Indonesia Michael von Ungern-Sternberg, and European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend.

Read more: Kalla Ensures Indonesia Committed to Paris Agreement

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Coral reefs at Indonesia's protected Bunaken Island marine national park on May 14, 2009.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (Bernama) - The El Nino weather phenomenon that occurred between 2015 and 2016 caused widespread coral bleaching in Indonesian waters, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

El Nino triggered a rise in the water temperature, and this condition caused coral bleaching, Dirhamsyah, head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences' (LIPI) Oceanography Research Centre, was quoted as saying on Wednesday (June 7).

He warned that coral bleaching may occur more frequently due to climate change and global warming.

Read more: Widespread bleaching among Indonesia's corals due to El Nino: Report

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