Farmers in the Central Java district of Purworejo have so far been able to save to build their homes, buy vehicles, and put their children to school, from farming. But the construction of the Benar Dam, freeing some 600 hectares of land, threatens their livelihood.
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.
The developer of the Java 7 coal power plant claims it is environmentally friendly, but the lives of fishermen and the surrounding environment reflect otherwise.
Former hunters growing coffee in Petungkriyono Forest, Java, are helping to conserve endangered Javan gibbons and other primates. Behind the results is a large contribution from women with deep knowledge of coffee.
Residents in Indonesia’s Suralaya are dealing with respiratory ailments and declining fish catches. They blame the South Korea supported power plants. Despite protests, the Jokowi government plans to expand coal-fired power projects.
Prigi talks about his involvement in the Pulau Plastik documentary, imported waste, messages about protecting the environment, to funding, both foreign and local for NGOs in Indonesia.
The regreeening of deforested slopes in the mountainous area of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park (TNBTS) in East Java has set an example where community involvement in the restoration of forests is paramount to its success.
Almost all cases of natural disasters that have occurred were caused by poor spatial management. Indonesia needs to reevaluate land use, types of users, spatial patterns, and permit processes, and rebuild on the principle of protecting and prospering the people.
Unified by a sense of loss of when they no longer hear birds chirping, villagers of Jatimulyo, with invitations and discussions carried out by village officials and farmer groups who care about the environment, slowly changed their behavior.
In the 1960s, Indonesia’s Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. Today, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.