The Chinese government injects financial assistance into infrastructure development in over 60 countries, through the Belt and Road initiative that is expected to benefit 4,4 billion people across the globe and contribute USD21 trillion to the global GDP. Journalists from Asia, Africa and South America discuss the media coverage of the mega project in their respective countries.
A 2017 report by Environmental Science and Technology says coal-fired power plants are key source to adverse health impacts from air pollution while a 2018 AirVisual IQ report shows Jakarta has the worst air pollution of any city in Southeast Asia.
Several key issues in digital and physical safety and security were raised during a regional workshop that brings together environmental journalists from Asia and the Pacific. They also shared individual and organisational experiences in dealing with increasing threats.
14 Asian organisations have received grants from EJN’s Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal projects to carry out various activities that will focus on how to include minority voices in discussions of environmental issues, enhance stories with data and evidence, and connecting national and international journalists with climate change activists and experts.
The largest Muslim group in the country is calling for concrete action from the government in moving towards energy transition, while a movement initiated by 35 NGOs and CSOs in the country aims to mobilise young voters to use their voice to push for transitions away from dirty energy.
The development of Tasi Mane Project in Timor Leste, on the back of a growing petroleum industry, is expected to spur economic growth and employment in three municipalities. However the government is currently taking heat from local communities over land acquisitions and relocations.
Turtle eggs trade and meat consumption are the two biggest challenges in the conservation effort of the endangered hawksbill species. However using persuasive approach, conservationists at the Karimunjawa National Park, work together with fishermen to protect the sea-dwelling testudines.
Morotai, an island in Indonesia’s North Maluku and population of less than 100,000 people, is no exception to the impacts of climate change, increasing plastic pollution and overfishing. A non-profit organization, Coast 2 Coast, along with several other NGOs, helps Morotai islanders conserve the ocean through environmental protection and surfing.
The young generation of Kubung Village, Central Kalimantan continues to instil diligence amongst themselves, to protect their forest that is rich with local fruits such as jengkol, durian and lanzones and are the main source of income for the indigenous Dayak Tomun. The movement is also part of their effort to reject oil palm plantation expansion in their village.