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Komodo economic history - Issue 186 - Komodo merayap by Grace Susetyo

Trouble in Paradise: Komodo Island, Tourism and Conservation

With Komodo Island gaining popularity in recent years as a favourite expat destination, it’s easy to only come for the dragons, the diving and the divine seascapes....

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Taman Daun: The Whale Hunter’s Library and Art Space

As I first lay eyes on Taman Daun, I had to ask myself, “Where am I?” Having spent the past three months wandering through the rainforests and coastal villages of...

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Out of Eden: Mountain Spirits from the Heart of Timor

“Timor’s very own Garden of Eden,” Grace Susetyo recalls a description someone once told her of Mount Mutis’s bonsai forest. Flaunting tiny leaves on curling...

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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.

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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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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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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...

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The Gibbon Whisperer: Meet Chanee Kalaweit

Chanee Kalaweit is a former French national, who in 2012 gained his Indonesian citizenship. Since the tender age of 12, Chanee has dedicated his life to the gibbon, apes...

The view of Wakatobi island when flying in | Photo by Didi Lotze

Thriving Coral Reef, Thriving Community: Wakatobi Resort Conservation

The Coral Triangle has been likened to an underwater Amazon rainforest for its density and diversity of species. Stretching from the Philippines to Malaysia to...

Harvesting benamud or millet, a local crop in the Krayan highlands. Copyright CE

Indonesian Communities Awarded United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize

The United Nation Development Programme’s Equator Initiative recently announced the 2015 winners of its prestigious Equator Prize. Having attracted 1,461 entries from...

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Appetite for Destruction

The Indonesian president, the maritime minister and the Supreme Court are all too weak to stop a Chinese mining company from operating illegally on a small, protected...

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Our Obsession with Birds – The Sad Words of the Yellow-Crested Cockatoo

You many have heard about the recent shocking photographs of at least 21 yellow-crested cockatoos smuggled in plastic bottles in jam-packed crates. The peering,...

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Healing Habitats: A Doctor’s Conservation Mission

The Togian islands are probably best known for serene white sand beaches and dive resorts. However, not as many people know of the rich terrestrial biodiversity these...

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Ferzya from Aceh

Whenever I meet someone on my travels around Indonesia like Ferzya, I am filled with great hope for the future of this country. This bright, young lady was born in Banda...