Greenpeace to take Indonesian forestry ministry to Supreme Court over environmental data

first_imgActivism, Conservation Technology, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Forestry, Forests, Freedom of Information, Governance, Mapping, Rainforests, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Transparency, Tropical Forests Article published by mongabayauthor Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Greenpeace wants the ministry to release seven different geospatial maps of Indonesia in the shapefile format.The ministry is willing to publish PDF and JPEG versions of the maps, but it says shapefiles can’t be reliably authenticated and could therefore be altered by third parties.Greenpeace contends the shapefiles could quite simply be digitally signed. Greenpeace will appeal a Jakarta court’s ruling against its freedom of information request directed at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, setting up an encounter between the NGO and President Joko Widodo’s administration in the nation’s highest court.Greenpeace wants the ministry to release a range of data pertaining to the management of the country’s natural resources, especially in the forestry, agribusiness and mining sectors. Much of the data is already available as PDF and JPEG files, but Greenpeace is specifically seeking it in the shapefile (SHP) format. Shapefiles allow for much more sophisticated analysis and watchdogs say it is crucial that they have it if they are to play a monitoring role in the world’s third-largest democracy. Indonesia is less than two decades removed from a military dictatorship historians describe as one of the modern era’s most rapacious and corrupt.Last October, Greenpeace won round one in the case at the Central Information Commission. But the ministry appealed the commission’s decision to the Jakarta State Administrative Court, and the verdict last month went the other way.Oil palm plantations border a rainforest in Borneo, a giant island shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerAt the heart of the dispute is whether it is possible to reliably authenticate a shapefile. The ministry argues that because it cannot watermark a shapefile in ink as it would a JPEG or PDF, the data must remain confidential, lest some rogue actor pass off a doctored version as the real thing.Greenpeace counters it is quite simple to digitally sign a shapefile using the Kleopatra certificate manager. The ministry could certify and timestamp a document in such as way that any forgery could be easily debunked. “Even if someone fakes the signature, it can still be detected,” said Greenpeace information technologist Yudho, who demonstrated the process in court. “It’s really impossible to fake.”He pointed to the 2008 Information Law, which says, “Electronic Signatures have an equal position to manual signatures in general, with legal force and legal effect.”The ministry has meanwhile referred to the 2011 Geospatial Law, which stipulates that bureaucrats can only release officially legitimate geospatial information to prevent misuse or alteration.Agribusinesses and extractive companies generally resist disclosure of such data on the grounds that it would disadvantage them vis-a-vis their competitors.Banner image: Fires burn on a peat swamp planted with oil palm on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra during the 2015 Southeast Asian haze crisis. Plantation companies are legally obliged to prevent fires on their land, but observers often struggle to determine whose land is burning because of a lack of transparency in the way of licensing data and concession maps. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerA previous version of this article identified the Greenpeace information technologist by his nickname, Iyoet.last_img read more

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Messi et Rapinoe sacrés Ballon d’Or, sans surprise à tous les niveaux

first_img Partager Un nouveau sacre historique, synonyme de record absolu : l’Argentin Lionel Messi a remporté le sixième Ballon d’Or de sa riche carrière, lundi lors d’une cérémonie à Paris, où l’Américaine Megan Rapinoe a décroché la plus prestigieuse distinction individuelle dans le football chez les dames.Le théâtre du Châtelet, hôte de la cérémonie de l’édition 2019 organisée par l’hebdomadaire France Football, a finalement joué une partition classique en sacrant de nouveau un grand habitué pour succéder à Luka Modric. Avec ce 6e titre de meilleur joueur de la planète (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019), Messi (32 ans) est désormais seul au monde devant son éternel rival Cristiano Ronaldo (5 Ballons d’Or) et d’autres légendes comme Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, Marco Van Basten (3 Ballons d’Or).“Il ne faut jamais cesser de rêver, jamais cesser de travailler”, s’est félicité “Leo”, se sentant “béni”. “Je pense que j’ai encore des belles années devant moi même si la retraite approche. Je suis content aussi d’écrire l’histoire, l’histoire de mon club que j’aime tant”, le FC Barcelone. “La Puce”, déjà lauréat du prix Fifa The Best cette année, devance ses principaux outsiders Virgil van Dijk (28 ans, 2e) et Sadio Mané (27 ans, 4e), qui ont pourtant triomphé avec Liverpool en Ligue des champions, l’habituel juge de paix lors des années impaires. Et Ronaldo complète le podium (3e). Si Messi s’est arrêté en demi-finale de C1 avant de remporter le championnat d’Espagne, il a inscrit 36 buts la saison dernière, synonyme de 6e Soulier d’or européen qui récompense le meilleur buteur tous championnats confondus.Considéré comme le meilleur défenseur central du monde et l’un des artisans majeurs de la saison historique des “Reds”, Van Dijk n’a finalement pas réussi à devancer Messi comme lors de la remise du joueur UEFA de l’année en août dernier. A l’image des joueurs de l’équipe de France (Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Raphaël Varane) après le titre de champion du monde l’an dernier, la dispersion des voix en faveur des autres stars de Liverpool, Mané, Mohamed Salah (5e), ou encore Alisson Becker (7e), lui a été fatale. Le Sénégalais Mané, également co-meilleur buteur du championnat d’Angleterre avec Liverpool et vice-champion d’Afrique avec sa sélection, avait également été plébiscité par de nombreux observateurs et anciens joueurs pour succéder à George Weah, seul joueur africain à avoir remporté ce prix en 1995. Il a finalement terminé hors du podium, juste derrière l’éternel Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin), à l’issue du vote d’un jury mondial de près de 180 journalistes.Les gardiens enfin récompensésChez les dames, l’Américaine Rapinoe, star du Mondial-2019 survolé par la “Team USA”, a conclu son année en or par un nouveau trophée de prestige. La joueuse de 34 ans a fini meilleure buteuse de la Coupe du monde en France. Désignée également meilleure joueuse du tournoi, la star américaine avait remporté le prix Fifa The Best à Milan fin septembre dernier. Rapinoe, dont la stature a dépassé les terrains pour devenir une icône de l’opposition au président américain Donald Trump, succède à la Norvégienne Ada Hegerberg qui avait reçu le premier Ballon d’Or féminin de l’histoire en 2018.Figure de la lutte pour les droits des LGBT et l’égalité homme-femme, Rapinoe n’a pas pu être présente à Paris pour recevoir son trophée en raison “d’obligations personnelles”. “Mais je vais faire de mon mieux pour être présente l’année prochaine”, a-t-elle confié dans un message vidéo, signe de sa motivation à conserver son trophée.Deux autres distinctions ont été attribuées cette année dans le cadre du Ballon d’Or, avec le trophée Raymond Kopa du meilleur joueur de moins de 21 ans, et le trophée Lev Yachine, récompensant pour la première fois les gardiens de but. Le Français Kylian Mbappé (20 ans), vainqueur du premier Prix Kopa l’an dernier, ne pouvait pas se succéder à lui-même pour avoir dépassé la limite d’âge de quelques jours. Premier français du classement du Ballon d’Or 2019 grâce à sa 6e place, devant Antoine Griezmann (18e), Hugo Lloris (23e) et Karim Benzema (26e), Mbappé a remis le trophée à son successeur Matthijs de Ligt (20 ans), l’un des piliers de l’épopée de l’Ajax Amsterdam sur la scène européenne l’an dernier. Chez les gardiens, le trophée Yachine est tombé dans les gants du portier brésilien des “Reds”, Alisson Becker, au détriment notamment de l’Allemand de Barcelone Marc-André ter Stegen. Sans surprise à tous les niveaux.LQ/AFPlast_img read more

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