INDONESIA SIGNS MORATORIUM ON OIL PALM LICENSES
On September 19, Indonesia's President, Joko Widodo, signed a three-year moratorium on new licenses for oil palm plantations. The moratorium applies not only to new requests for licenses but also to projects that have obtained some but not all of the permits needed to begin operating. It also mandates a massive review of oil palm licenses across Indonesia. Widodo first announced plans to impose the moratorium over two years ago after the 2015 fire and haze crisis in Southeast Asia. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2018/09/indonesian-president-signs-3-year-fre….