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  • East Aceh elephants get a new conservation location

    May 06, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    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

    May 05, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • Bureaucracy and high price hinder certified legal timber for Yogya wood business

    May 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Yogyakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of rising demands from Europe for certified legal timber, Yogya’s small and middle businesses have yet to obtain certification due to difficult bureaucracy and lack of human resources. Deddy Effendy, owner of Palem Craff Jogja and chair of Legal Wood Group, said exporters were having difficulties to penetrate Europe’s market without […]

  • Illegal Community Plantation Forest contributes to massive forest destruction in Aceh

    May 02, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Aceh Tamiang, Ekuatorial – Aceh officials found ‘illegal’ community plantation forests in Aceh Tamiang district contributing to massive forest destruction. In a recent patrol, Aceh forest management unit officials discovered hundreds of hectares of Production Forest, in Leuser ecosystem area, has been turned into oil palm and rubber plantations by people claimed to be local […]

  • Indonesia lost nearly one million hectares of forest during moratorium, study reveals

    April 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Despite of moratorium, Indonesia still lost nearly one million hectares of its forest areas, a study reveals in Jakarta, on Wednesday (29/4). The study, launched by Walhi (Indonesian Forum for the Environment) and Kemitraan, analyses forest moratorium implementation especially in four provinces, — Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, and Central Kalimantan –, between […]

  • Small scale agriculture and infrastructure are main drivers for deforestation in Sumatra, study says

    April 28, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A study revealed that small scale agriculture and infrastructure will be the main driver for forest loss and degradation by 2030 in Sumatra, on Tuesday (28/4), in Jakarta. The 2015 Living Forests Report : Chapter 5, published by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), projects that nearly five million hectares of forest area will […]

  • Forest moratorium extends to 2017, Minister says

    April 28, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – After mounting demands from green activists, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya said on Monday (27/4) announced that forest moratorium will be extended until 2017. Forest moratorium which bans issuing new permits on natural forests and peatlands, was announced back in 2011, under presidential instruction. It was extended for another […]

  • VP Jusuf Kalla calls for stronger cooperation to save Indonesian forests

    April 27, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Vice President Jusuf Kalla called for cooperation between countries to save Indonesian forests instead of playing ‘blame game’ on who’s destroying the forests at the 2015 Tropical Landscape Summit, held in Jakarta, on Monday (27/4). “Let us do it [protect forests] together. Don’t blame others. Don’t blame Indonesia or Brazil but you […]

  • Sitaro district of North Sulawesi to have waste management regulation

    April 24, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sitaro, Ekuatorial – Green activists demand local regulation on waste management following increasing garbage in markets, in Sitaro [Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro] district of North Sulawesi, on Thursday (22/4). Sony Lukas, a green activist, cited Ampera Ulu Siau market as an example for the absent of local regulation on waste management. “It [the waste] is […]

  • President Jokowi to release endangered Javan gibbon in Bandung

    April 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo will be releasing two pairs of Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch) in conjunction with 2015 Asia Africa Conference in Bandung, East Java, said an official in Jakarta, on Tuesday (21/5). The two pairs, Robin (male) – Moni (female) and Moli (male) – Nancy (female), are finally released to their […]

  • Coastal reclamation destroys mangrove forest in Lampung, says fish farmers

    April 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Dipasena fish farmers blasted company’s coastal reclamation for mangrove forest destruction that led to declining shrimp production. Mangrove forest, or often dubbed as the green belt by Dipasena fish farmers, protects their ponds from tides and wind. In addition, trees are also serve as water resources for shrimp ponds. However, at least […]

  • Lampung’s dilemma between energy and forestry

    April 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – High Voltage Air Channels or SUTT development from Kemuning hill of North Lampung to Liwa and Krui in West Lampung got stalled due to forestry permit, said an official in Bandarlampung, on Thursday (16/4). “The 30 Megawatt channels covers 70 kilometers of area which passes through residents but also Bukit Barisan Selatan […]

  • Lives of 3000 people of Lemito threatened due to declining coral reefs in Tomini Bay

    April 16, 2015 clip Degorontalo

    DEGORONTALO – Threatened coral reefs of Lemito sub district, Pohuwato, would eventually impacted its residents. “If coral reefs are destroyed then it will threaten food security, especially protein supply for 3,000 people of Lemito,” said Nilmawati of Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW), in a recent discussion held in AJI Gorontalo. Based on DFW data, fishermen of […]

  • Sorong district court drowns fish bombing vessel to give deterrent effect

    April 16, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Sorong district court decided to blow up a vessel proved to fish bombing while its crews and captain were sentenced for four to six years in prison, said head of Criminal Unit of Sorong district court, Danang P. Miharjo, on Wednesday (15/4). “The culprits have been sentenced and we will destroy the […]

  • Illegal logging in Papua can be bombed, Governor says

    April 16, 2015 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Sentani, Jubi –Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe said forests in Papua have been significantly damaged, including those in Paniai. When they are viewed from the air, there are no trees. “Thus geographically in 10-20 years from now, the two large islands of Papua and West Papua will drop out of the neck of the island […]

  • Whale Beached in Merauke

    April 16, 2015 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Merauke, Jubi – A 12 meters whale was stranded on the Kumbe Beach to the surprise of residents. The whale was still alive when discovered by residents. Semangga Sub-district Chief Recky Samkakai told Jubi by phone last week he heard the information about the beached whale but he didn’t know its size. Kumbe villager Veronika […]

  • Another boat arrested for illegal fishing in Talaud waters

    April 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bitung, Ekuatorial – Another boat was arrested by officials allegedly for illegal fishing in Talaud waters of North Sulawesi on Sunday (12/4), said an official on Tuesday (14/4). “It was arrested by Bitung Marine and Fisheries Monitoring Task Force officials aboard Macan Tutul 001 vessel while trying to fish illegally in Talaud waters, near Mianggas […]

  • Research reveals illegal forest permits exemption in Riau, says NGO

    April 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – A Riau based forest watchdog found indicators for exempting illegal industrial plantation permits and plantation permits through revising the province’s spatial planning, said Widya Astuti of Hutanriau Foundation, in Pekanbaru, on Tuesday (14/4). Based on Hutanriau Foundation research in Siak and Pelalawan districts, it is allegedly found violation on ministry of environment […]

  • Illegal sand mining threatening Bitung city

    April 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bitung, Ekuatorial – At least 15 illegal sand mining operating in Bitung city of North Sulawesi threatening the small harbor city, said an official, in Bitung, on Monday (13/4). “From our data, at least 15 mining locations have no legal permits. If you count legal [mining] then there will be lots of mining sites in […]

  • Govt starts to revitalize Tondano river

    April 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – To prevent more floods, Manado government has begun to revitalize Tondano water catchment areas from housing areas, said an official, in Manado, on Monday (13/4). “I was just being informed by head of Sulawesi River I agency on the development and saying that the project is already in the process for bidding,” […]

  • Recently released Sumatran tiger got confused in the wild

    April 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Not all wildlife animals can adjust after being released to its natural habitat, the latest case was a young male Sumatran tiger released in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park but eventually stranded in the wild. Jaya Supena, head of Region I of the national park, said that Petir, a three year old […]

  • Dengkeng river of Central Java gets a make over to prevent floods

    April 11, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Klaten, Ekuatorial – After floods and landslides occurred due to a week long rain, disaster mitigation officials said the need to normalized Dengkeng river to prevent more damages, in Klaten, Central Java, on Friday (10/4). Sri Winoto, head of Klaten disaster mitigation agency, said that Dengkeng creeks often overflowed because of sedimentation. “We need to […]

  • North Sulawesi government steps up its game to fight illegal logging and forest encroachment

    April 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Following illegal logging and forest encroachment for plantation and mining, North Sulawesi official on Thursday (9/4) said that they have been inventorying activities to protect its remaining forest area. “Forest cover in North Sulawesi reach 764,739.27 hectares comprises of conservation forest, converted production forest, protected forest, limited production forest, and production forest. […]

  • Inefficient Marine Protected Areas management resulted to loss of income for locals

    April 08, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sanur, Ekuatorial – Despite of increasing marine protected areas, there has yet proper management for those areas resulted to minimum benefits received by local people, said activist in Bali, on Tuesday (7/4). “From 131 marine protected areas, only four areas are categorized as green [for management],” said Marthen Welly of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) adding […]

  • Gemstone mining threatens Wonogiri protected forest

    April 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Solo, Ekuatorial – Recent high demand on gemstones is threatening environment in Wonogori forest of Central Java, due to traditional way of mining, said a local official on Thursday (2/4). At least three sub districts, — Kismantoro, Jatiroto, and Tirtomoyo –, are being targeted by local miners for Fire Opal stone which is claimed as […]

  • Despite of green city label, Langsa fails to manage 70 percent of its waste

    March 31, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Langsa, Ekuatorial – Lacking of garbage trucks to transport waste had resulted to piles of domestic waste up till Monday (30/3), said an official, in Langsa. Hermin Nuzul, chief of Langsa Hygiene and Sanitation agency, said that only 30 percent of the city’s waste can be transported and managed to the landfill every day while […]

  • 12.7 million hectares target won’t work with business as usual, says NGO

    March 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of announced commitment to increase community based forests, government has yet to establish any assistance programs to implement the policy, said a member of civil society, in Jakarta, on Monday (30/3). In the 2015-19 Middle Term National Development Plan (RPJMN), Indonesian government had targeted 12.7 million hectares of forest areas to […]


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