East Aceh elephants get a new conservation location

Aceh Timur, Ekuatorial – To anticipate increasing conflict between humans and elephants, East Aceh government established an elephant respond unit located in Bunin village, Serbajadi subdistrict, East Aceh, said an official, in East Aceh, on Monday (4/5). “Conflicts between elephants and humans in East Aceh have been going for too long and there’s still no […]

Police named a suspect on recent pangolin bust in Medan

Medan, Ekuatorial – Police had arrested a suspect related to recent pangolin smuggling, said a senior investigator, in Medan, North Sumatra, last April. Last April, Indonesian National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim) confiscated at least five tons of slaughtered pangolins (Manis javanica) in Medan, North Sumatra. The bust also managed to save 96 pangolins which […]

Lampung Port Police confiscates illegal turtles headed to Jakarta

Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Bakauheni port police confiscated 41 Asiatic softshell turtles (amyda certilaginea) with no official documents, said an official, in Bandarlampung, on Wednesday (25/3). Feria Kurniawan, head of Bakauheni Port Police, said that they were found at the back of a white truck with police number BH 8888 GU from Jambi headed to Jakarta. […]

A male Sumatran tiger died in Lampung

Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – After being rescued from a local plantation, a male Sumatran tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) finally died during its rehabilitation process at conservation center in Bandarlampung, said an official on Sunday (15/3). The adult tiger was found already in weak condition at Aer Abang coffee plantation, in Way Tenong sub-district, Liwa district on […]

Aceh Tamiang demands MoEF to revoke its letter on land use change

Langsa, Ekuatorial – Aceh Tamiang people demanded on Friday (20/2) for Ministry of Environment and Forestry to revoke its decision letter related to the district’s spatial planning fearing that it will destroy remaining protected forests in the area. The decision letter (SK) issued by then Ministry of Forestry in 2014 was blasted by local people […]

Jayapura is lacking of green open space

Sentani, Jubi – Dense population in Jayapura district lead to declining green open space in the city. “As an environment expert in this area, I think that the government is not being aggressive enough to protect the environment. [The] city planning is chaotic and increasing population are making it too crowded and left little space […]

Aceh Tamiang villagers learning organic farming

Langsa, Ekuatorial – At least 25 villagers of Aceh Tamiang district will be learning theories and practices about agriculture in Babo village, Bandar Pusaka sub-district, at the Field School for the first time, said the coordinator of the event, recently. Different from conventional learning, Field School will be teaching eco-friendly agriculture, including on how to […]

People who Harvest Fogs

Drought has hit parts of Indonesia. Climate change has exacerbated the sufferings of impoverished farmers, leaving only a handful who managed to stay in the rice fields. This is a story about farmers who try to survive amid the drought, and find a way out by harvesting fogs. Ekuatorial.com, Semarang. All afternoon Kasilah had been […]

Permit is an instrument for control : Minister of Environment and Forestry

Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Three major issues, regulation, campaign, and permit, will be crucial for environment ministry to tackle, said Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (29/10). “Permit is an instrument for control. So, it should be corrected to the public that permit is not a transaction,” Nurbaya said adding that […]

Decline forest areas trigger man-elephant conflict in Lampung

Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Declining forest areas had increased elephant and human conflict in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, in Lampung, said an activist recently. Ali Rizqi Arasyi, Park Management Coordinator of WWF Project Lampung, said that habitat loss triggered elephants ravaging villagers’ plantations and houses, especially Sukaraja village of Tanggamus district, Pemerihan and Sumberejo villages […]