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 regreening 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.
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.
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?