Chemical pollution, siltation and agriculture waste have made West Java’s longest river one of the world’s dirtiest. Those working on its banks say efforts are being made to clean it up. But will they turn the tide?
Bird catchers use glue and recordings to catch their prey and often encounter dangerous animals. However, high prices and steady demand do not make life more prosperous as charmers remain at the bottom of the bird hunting and smuggling chain.
Roughly a million songbirds, including some protected species, are estimated to have been smuggled off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra over the past year. The lucrative nature of the songbird business threatens the populations of a number of bird species as well as the balance of the forest ecosystem.
Using the Quarantine Act to prosecute a wildlife-smuggling syndicate resulted in the strongest verdict ever in Indonesia. Will it work in other trafficking cases? Rezza Aji Pratama investigates. Data & visualisation by Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra
A report reveals a rise in extinction denial. Although many scientists have responded to debunk denialists, experts say skills in science communication and stakeholder engagement are useful in responding to denialism.
Sulawesi’s largest wildlife market has resumed operation after being closed due to the pandemic. Local administration say the wildlife meat trade, including from several protected species, cannot be stopped immediately due to long-standing tradition of meat consumption by the local community.
Planting trees since early childhood as a form of investment is what many people do. But very few are those who spent more than half their life to plant trees only to assure the continuing existence of their ancestral land.
Indonesia’s natural resources continue to suffer from degradation because of climate change and corruption. The Omnibus Law the government is planning to soon issue is seen as only exacerbating the current conditions while corporate oligarchies dig deeper for profit.
Mass media plays a huge role in pushing transition towards the use of renewable energy in Indonesia. However, more in-depth knowledge of this sector is needed, and there remain political, social, and economical pressure in many newsrooms in the country.
The Al-Ittifaq Islamic boarding school has become a model of how a religious institution can achieve self-sufficiency in the food sector through farming. Not only cultivating food for its students, but Al-Ittifaq has even been able to distribute its agricultural products to traditional markets and supermarkets.