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Indonesia | High court strikes down rule requiring forestry companies to protect peatlands

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s highest court has struck down a regulation obliging forestry companies to relinquish and protect carbon-rich concessions to prevent a recurrence of annual fires.

The ruling was handed down on Oct. 2 by the Supreme Court in response to a challenge filed in June by a labor union in Sumatra’s Riau province, one of the regions particularly hard hit by the fires and choking haze they generate.