Essential Ecosystem Area is considered a middle way in harmonizing conservation and the community’s economy. However, education is needed for an effective collaborative forest management.
Hartatik is an editor at Suara Merdeka daily newspaper, based in Semarang City, Central Java, and has 14 years of experience as a journalist. She has an interest in covering environmental issues, climate change, LGBT, biodiversity, energy, agriculture and forestry. In 2018, she was awarded the Internews’ Environmental Journalism Network (EJN) Asia Pacific Micro-Grant to cover how the mountain communities save their water springs and adapt to climate change. In 2019, she received another micro-grant to write about the mangrove conservation effort by a village community to reduce the impacts of climate change. And in 2021, Hartatik collaborated with another female journalist on a story about how women and coffee farmers are supporting conservation of rare forest primates in Central Java.