Category: Conservation

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Indonesia’s Solution to the Plastic Epidemic

How ironic it is to know that the disposable, non-degradable plastic products, such as rain ponchos, straws and cutlery, which we usually use for only around 30 minutes,...

Guests are treated to an aerial view of the lagoon on the short self-guided trail to the island’s south beach.

A Resort to Protect Biodiversity in Indonesia

When Andrew Miner discovered Batbitim Island in 2003, he found a remote shark finning camp in a vast sea devastated by dynamite and cyanide fishing. Where once the blood...

Smoke from smouldering fires obscures an excavator digging a peatland drainage canal in the PT Rokan Adiraya Plantation oil palm plantation near Sontang village in Rokan Hulu, Riau, Sumatra.

What Has 2016 Meant for Indonesia and Climate Change?

2015 was a devastating year for global greenhouse gas emissions, with Indonesia ranking fourth on the list of top emitters after vast forest fires released 1.62 billion...

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Opinion: To Protect Indonesia’s Remaining Forests, Indigenous People Need a Seat at the Table

Imagine the island of Java in the 1850s. Its lowlands and valleys sparsely populated, dotted with villages, sawah and stands of fruit-bearing trees, its hills and...

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Five Rehabilitated Orangutans Set Free in East Kalimantan

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation released five orangutans into East Kalimantan’s Kehje Sewen Forest earlier this month, after seven years of rehabilitation.

An image taken from a drone shows Kerta Buana village surrounded by a coal mine owned by Banpu Public Company Ltd group in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.
Greenpeace released an investigative report that shows how coal mining activities in East Kalimantan are destroying landscapes and polluting the water in the surrounding areas.

Government Contradicts Commitment to Renewable Energy

Earlier this year, the government announced its plan to develop new and renewable energy sources, which would help electrify Indonesia’s rural areas as part of the...

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Islamic Council Calls For Fatwa On Forest Burning

Indonesia’s highest Islamic authority recently criticized plantation companies and farmers who use the illegal slash-and-burn method, claiming it is “haram.” The...

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Greenpeace Indonesia Launches App to Fight Forest Fires

Forest fires have been an annual issue in Indonesia for almost two decades, with the islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra hit particularly hard. According to reports cited...

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Good News from Wild Sumatra

Sad, but true. The only time you hear of Sumatra in the news is when there is a natural disaster, deforestation, fanatics in Aceh caning people, or the haze heading east...

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Deforestation: Loggers Not to Blame

Loggers, the big logging companies that is, are no longer contributing to deforestation in Indonesia. The reason: the Decree of the Minister of Commerce No. 25 of 2016,...

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Edge of the Ocean: Local Narratives of Marine Conservation in Raja Ampat

Expensive dive resorts and ecotourism seem to be the first things that come to most people’s minds at the mention of Raja Ampat. My recent visit confirmed the rumours...

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Honey Bee Honey: Beekeeping in Cibubur

Beekeeping, or apiculture (Latin: apis ‘bee’), has been practiced in Egypt for over 4,000 years. And collecting honey from wild bees goes back even further. The...

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Public’s response to new paid plastic bag policy

In a bid to reduce the production of plastic waste, as many as 22 cities in Indonesia have simultaneously witnessed the implementation of a paid plastic bags policy,...

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Could Accountability in Sustainable Oil Palm Prevent Further Forest Fires?

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Green Commodities Programme (GCP) are working with oil palm stakeholders to ensure this sector’s contributions to the...