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International Update Volume 45, Issue 13

COMPANY BANNED FROM PALM OIL DEVELOPMENT OVER CONCERNS OF VIOLATIONS IN INDONESIA

Indonesia

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a non-governmental, voluntary certification organization, has banned one of its biggest members, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), from acquiring or developing new land while a complaint concerning the company's practices in Indonesia is resolved. The complaint was filed by the UK-based Forest Peoples Programme, and alleges GAR took community land and filed for expansion without completing the proper environmental assessments in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province.

CHINA SETS NON-AUTOMOTIVE DIESEL FUEL STANDARD

China

The Chinese government has set quality standards for non-automotive diesel fuels that will go into effect in 2018. The National Development and Reform Commission released information on the standard as part of the continuing challenge of addressing the nation's smog problem.

AUSTRALIAN STATE BANS GRAZING IN NATIONAL PARKS

Australia

A May 5, 2015, vote by the Victorian Parliament will ban cattle grazing in national parks within the Australian state. The ban affects all national parks in the state, and follows a controversial trial period for grazing in Alpine National Park instituted by the previous administration.