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  • Limited authority for civil servant investigators hinders fights against illegal wildlife crimes

    July 01, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Medan, Ekuatorial – Limited authority to apprehend illegal wildlife traders had caused civil servant investigators losing fights against the crime as culprits were easily released by the police, said P. Turnip, civil servant investigator coordinator of Leuser Mountain National Park, on Monday (29/6). Turnip cited recent case of two men, Zamaas and Albab, arrested for […]

  • Waste volume rises up during fasting month in Lampung

    June 29, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Entering tenth day of fasting month of Ramadhan, waste volume has been increasing significantly, said an official, in Bandarlampung. Bandarlampung Sanitary and Park agency recorded 10 to 20 percent rise to a total of 850 tons of waste per day. “If we observe trend from previous years, waste volume tend to rise […]

  • Govt to conduct census on Bornean orangutan

    June 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Following increasing conflicts between human and orangutan, officials and NGOs were planning to conduct census on its population, habitat, and threat for Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii or Bornean orangutan. Nandang Prinadi, chief of Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation agency, underlined the importance for government agencies and NGOs focusing on orangutan protection to […]

  • Mercury poisoning found in Bengawan Solo river, research says

    June 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Wonogiri, Ekuatorial – A research on Thursday (26/6) revealed high level of mercury found in Bengawan Solo river due to massive gold mining. Based on research conducted by University of Sebelas Maret. mercury level in the area has exceeded its standard, which is 0,002 milligrams per liter. “Mercury level should be 0 in accordance to […]

  • President Jokowi reiterates his pledges for indigenous people

    June 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – After several delays, indigenous people representatives finally met with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo who reiterated his pledges to solve their problems, especially on land conflicts and discrimination, in the palace, on Thursday (25/6). “It was a very remarkable meeting because the President welcomes all of AMAN’s [People’s Alliance of the Archipelago] ideas […]

  • Police investigates orangutan burning posted on facebook

    June 24, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pangkalan Bun, Ekuatorial – After mounting protests through social media, police and West Kotawaringin Natural Resources Conservation Agency tracked down facebook account owner which displayed a man burning an orangutan. Officials managed to track down the truck’s plate, KH 9563 GC, which was shown in the ‘Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat’ page to West Kotawaringin (Kobar), […]

  • Drought hit 39 villages in Wonogiri, Central Java

    June 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Wonogiri, Ekuatorial – Wonogiri Disaster Management Agency gave out drought early warnings for 39 villages in eight sub-districts, — Giritontro, Pracimantoro, Paranggupito, Manyaran, Eromoko, Nguntoronadi, Giriwoyo and Selogiri – for this year. “We have mapped out areas prone to drought in Wonogiri and added one more [area], which is Selogiri as it was also hit […]

  • Poisonous paints still found in Indonesia, study reports

    June 19, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A new study revealed on Thursday (18/6) that more than three quarters of analyzed decorative paints were below standards, activist said. The National Report on Lead in Indonesia’s New Enamel Household Paints, published by BaliFokus, an NGO focusing on environment and urban development, found that 94 out of the total 121 cans […]

  • Environment will be officially taught in elementary schools in Papua, says official

    June 19, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Environment will be officially taught in elementary schools in Raja Ampat district of Papua starting in the new school academic year, said an official. “For the 2015 academic year, environment education will be able to be taught not only in elementary schools located in conservation areas but the whole schools,” said Martha […]

  • More actions to save the environment, says VP Jusuf Kalla

    June 18, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Vice President Jusuf Kalla encourages more actions and monitoring to protect the environment rather than mere ceremonials, in Jakarta, on Thursday (18/6). “[The environment] is not just about drawing competition or riding bicycle but it’s about knowledge then implementation and monitoring,” he said on his opening speech at the 2015 Indonesian Environmental […]

  • 28 billion rupiah prepared to revitalize Tondano lake, says official

    June 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Tondano, Ekuatorial – After being postponed for a year, Minahasa government will finally resume Tondano Lake revitalization project immediately, said a senior official, on Tuesday (9/6), in Tondano. The government had prepared Rp 28 billion (US$ 2.1 million) for the project. “Because this revitalization is for public interest, especially for Minahasa and North Sulawesi. We […]

  • Defecating in river, Rohingya migrants polluting Kuala Langsa mangrove forest, say activists

    June 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Langsa, Ekuatorial – Hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants took shelter in Kuala village harbor have been defecating in Kuala Langsa river polluting its mangrove forest, said a green activist. A total of 682 people, comprise of 257 Rohingyas and 425 Bangladeshi, fled from their countries due to internal conflict and have been taking refuge […]

  • Misool women applies community based fisheries

    June 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Eager to learn community based fisheries, women of Limalas village, East Misool District had to cross the sea to receive trainings on how to produce abon ikan or fish floss. Members of Koperasi Embun Pagi had to travelled to Alga’e Marine and Fisheries Training Center in Makassar, South Sulawesi to learn on […]

  • Activists reject Bangka island mining on World Environment Day 2015

    June 08, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Airmadidi, Ekuatorial – Celebrating World Environment Day 2015, green activists staged a peace rally rejecting iron ore mining in Bangka island, last week. Tunas Hijau Nature Lovers Community along with other communities blasted that mining activities by PT MMP did not bring any welfare to local people. In addition, they also denied claims made by […]

  • Government to map out West Papua conservation area

    June 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Despite of its vast ocean areas, Indonesia has only managed to map out three conservation boundaries areas. “Mapping out the boundary of ocean conservation and small islands are very important because they are acknowledged [by the government],” said M. Saefudin of Conservation Area and Fish Type, Ministry of Marine and Fisheries, in […]

  • Violations found in Lampung’s community forest

    May 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Officials found violation on community forest practice in Ulubelu subdistrict, Tanggamus district of Lampung recently, where local people planted coffee and other crops instead of hard woods. “If they don’t immediately plant hard wood, it’s possible that their permits will be revoked and be given to other communities suitable to manage the […]

  • Solo to turn to incinerator to tackle its waste issue

    May 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Solo, Ekuatorial – Due to limited space, Solo administration decided to apply incinerator to deal with its increasing waste volume, said a senior official, last month. “We had planned to use anaerobic digestion and sanitary landfill systems. Unfortunately, there were too many obstacles with those two systems and would not be suitable for Solo,“ said […]

  • Manages by private company, clean water is hard to get for Sorong residents

    May 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong. Ekuatorial – Despite of being managed by private sector, Sorong residents were still experiencing clean water issues. “No water means trouble. I have to pay [water dues] every month but it never runs. I have already reported it but no responds [from the company]. I haven’t paid the bill for two months because it […]

  • Climbers piled up trash in Lawu Mountain

    May 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – As much as one garbage truck of trash collected by volunteers during their clean up initiative in Mount Lawu, Karanganyar, Central Java, on Sunday (24/5). Around 225 climbers of Paguyuban Pecinta Alam Bersatu, in cooperation with Rescue Karanganyar Emergency, cleaned up Cemoro Kandang hiking trail, consists of four posts, from mineral water […]

  • President Jokowi signed on forest clearing moratorium, but it’s a weak one, says Greenpeace

    May 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar confirmed that President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo had signed Indonesia’s logging ban on natural forests and peatlands for another two years, on Wednesday (13/5), in Jakarta. “I have to talked to Mr. President this morning and he agrees to sign the moratorium extension today [on […]

  • A new fish species found in Papua

    May 12, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – After a long process, a new fish species from Papua, Cirrhilabrus marinda, was finally published in international journals, on early May, said Mark Erdmann, one of its founders recently. “The fish was originally discovered on October 2014, we took pictures to do more research and compare it to similar species, Cirrhilabrus condei. […]

  • Land use changes destroy Lampung’s natural resources

    May 11, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Land use changes to plantation, mining, and ecosystem payment services have led to the collapsed of Lampung’s natural resources, activists said, on Monday (11/5). Novriansyah, manager of Kawan Tani Lampung Project, said that plantation sector had reached 443,118,987 hectares, gold mining had reached 40,000 hectares and ecosystem services such as geothermal had […]

  • Minister of Environment and Forestry to audit permits on wildlife ownership

    May 08, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — After recent massive illegal wildlife trading busts, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar said that there will be audit on permits for wildlife, in Jakarta, on Thursday (7/5). “We encourage law enforcement against illegal wildlife trading, especially those with bad treatments. The ministry is currently preparing for audits on wildlife […]

  • Animal right activist urges conservation law revision to fight illegal wildlife trading

    May 08, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Following recent major busts on illegal wildlife trading, an animal right activist on Friday (8/5) urged government to revise the country’s law on conservation which could no longer accommodate today’s challenges. Last month, Illegal wildlife trading came to spotlight after officials foiled 5 tons of pangolins smuggling in Medan, North Sumatra, the […]

  • Oil palm expansion has taken its toll in Sorong district

    May 07, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Due to massive oil palm plantation expansion, water scarcity hit Malalilis village of Klaili, Sorong district, said an activist, in Sorong, on Tuesday (5/5). “People are getting hard to find clean water as their village is located inside oil palm plantation. Forest cleared for oil palm. There’s no water in the village. […]

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