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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recognition of women’s rights in managing the resources around them is a government obligation that must continuously be monitored. But this must go hand in hand with educating women about their rights and how they can fight for these rights.
Environmental damage has not been considered when devising policies aimed at anticipating the rise of new viruses, even though more and more research show the two are closely linked.
The District Head Regulation issued in 2018 is intended to empower indigenous peoples to defend their rights, in addition to fighting for environmental conservation work. However, a review on a number of regulations at the provincial and central levels are needed for this Perbup to function properly.