The Chinese government injects financial assistance into infrastructure development in over 60 countries, through the Belt and Road initiative that is expected to benefit 4,4 billion people across the globe and contribute USD21 trillion to the global GDP. Journalists from Asia, Africa and South America discuss the media coverage of the mega project in their respective countries.
A 2017 report by Environmental Science and Technology says coal-fired power plants are key source to adverse health impacts from air pollution while a 2018 AirVisual IQ report shows Jakarta has the worst air pollution of any city in Southeast Asia.
Several key issues in digital and physical safety and security were raised during a regional workshop that brings together environmental journalists from Asia and the Pacific. They also shared individual and organisational experiences in dealing with increasing threats.
14 Asian organisations have received grants from EJN’s Asia-Pacific and Bay of Bengal projects to carry out various activities that will focus on how to include minority voices in discussions of environmental issues, enhance stories with data and evidence, and connecting national and international journalists with climate change activists and experts.
The largest Muslim group in the country is calling for concrete action from the government in moving towards energy transition, while a movement initiated by 35 NGOs and CSOs in the country aims to mobilise young voters to use their voice to push for transitions away from dirty energy.
The development of Tasi Mane Project in Timor Leste, on the back of a growing petroleum industry, is expected to spur economic growth and employment in three municipalities. However the government is currently taking heat from local communities over land acquisitions and relocations.
Turtle eggs trade and meat consumption are the two biggest challenges in the conservation effort of the endangered hawksbill species. However using persuasive approach, conservationists at the Karimunjawa National Park, work together with fishermen to protect the sea-dwelling testudines.
Morotai, an island in Indonesia’s North Maluku and population of less than 100,000 people, is no exception to the impacts of climate change, increasing plastic pollution and overfishing. A non-profit organization, Coast 2 Coast, along with several other NGOs, helps Morotai islanders conserve the ocean through environmental protection and surfing.
The young generation of Kubung Village, Central Kalimantan continues to instil diligence amongst themselves, to protect their forest that is rich with local fruits such as jengkol, durian and lanzones and are the main source of income for the indigenous Dayak Tomun. The movement is also part of their effort to reject oil palm plantation expansion in their village.
A program aimed to tackle waste issues and break a life-long habit of throwing waste into waterways was introduced by the Palembang administration. Every weekend, public officials and residents comb through sewers and rivers, lifting up truck-loads of garbage, in hopes of not just cleaning the city, but changing people’s behaviour.
As the 24th Conference of Parties wrapped up in Katowice, questions remains on key issues, amid countries renewing their emission reductions. Indonesia has been actively involved in the UN climate talks since 1994 and it remains committed to its NDCs while renewing commitments especially in carbon emissions and forest and peatland governance.
After two weeks, marathon talks involving more than 100 ministers and a thousand negotiators from 196 countries, tension remained high at the end of the United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland. Amongst the outcome; a weak draft text on the Paris rulebook and finance and renewed emissions reductions. Imelda Abano has more.
WHO releases latest report that showcases health implications of climate change and steps taken by public health officials to uphold the Paris Agreement on climate change, while urging stakeholders to make the climate fight the air pollution fight and the healthier lifestyle fight.
The Indonesian government at this year’s United Nations climate change summit promoted low-carbon development as a new initiative to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative will allow the country’s economic growth to reach between 5 to 6 percent a year, according to officials.
BAPPENAS minister says Indonesia is fully committed to steer its economy for low carbon development. The government will mainstream a low carbon framework in its medium-term development plan.
The progress in the first week of climate negotiations in Katowice has been painfully slow, and a logjam over financial transparency can unravel agreements in other areas such as green technology transfer.
As momentum grows around the world for reforestation, due in part to the need to sequester carbon, Japan’s experience can inform countries like China, Pakistan and India. While in Indonesia, efforts to restore ecosystems, not just trees, are underway.
Researchers from the World Resource Institute Indonesia argue that while Indonesia has made some steps to meet its climate action targets, it now needs more of a long-term vision.
Youth and residents of Ranupani village, Lumajang subdistrict, East Java have work together to tackle waste issues following the increased interest in Hiking Mount Semeru. Local government is yet to weigh in on the problem.
Initiated by a school student, the Suku Anak Dalam women learned how to turn waste into handicrafts. Even though they have yet to see its economic benefit, the skill has slowly shifted the image of the Suku Anak Dalam as a backward community and improve social relations with neighboring villages.
Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists in partnership with World Resources Institute Indonesia held a press briefing and discussion with Indonesian journalists to underline Indonesia’s ambitious plan as a signatory to the Paris Agreement and topics to be discussed at the coming COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Credit: World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia.
Community of Rejang Lebong put up warning signs and impose customary fine against those who litter in the neighborhoods, as local administration is deemed slow in action to tackle waste issues.
The practice in consuming anoa’s meat is slowing down conservation effort of this near extinct species. However conservationists together with rehabilitations centres and zoos continue work to prevent this endemic species from Sulawesi, from extinction.
Excessive water exploitation has lead to the drying up of rivers and paddy fields in villages of Kudus district. Efforts have been taken including the prohibition of selling surface water from Mount Muria but water discharge is yet to improve. Water scarcity in Kudus calls for concerted effort in the conservation of protected forest of Mount Muria.
The 5th Conference, organised by the government of Indonesia will take place in Bali, on 29 and 30 October 2018. Since the successful generation of commitments totalling about USD18 billion, the conference aims to demonstrate significant progress on past commitments and inspire new ones for the continuation of efforts to protect the oceans.
Since the 2000s, Sekaran villagers have stopped using water spring sources due to declining environmental condition. From digging wells to planting trees, villagers learn to work together with academics to address looming water crisis. Read More.
20 young journalists in Dili took part in a workshop aimed to increase their skill and capacity in environmental reporting. Topics covered include waste management, biodiversity and disaster risk management. The workshop is part of a series of programs designed by Fundasaun Media Development Centre (FMDC) to strengthen journalists’ capacity in environmental reporting.
As natural water wells dwindle and awareness of environmental degradation increases, villagers of Bismo Keteleng and Tambakboyo in Batang District, Central Java join hands in preserving water springs and building water wells to meet clean water demand in their village and surrounding areas.