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  • Journalists Reject Omnibus Bills, Say They Further Muzzle the Press

    February 20, 2020

    To further push for an investment-friendly climate, the Jokowi administration will simplify, and revoke a number of laws and regulations which are seen to be a hindrance to investment. There are at least 79 laws that are currently being drafted in the omnibus bills, including Press Law Number 40 of 1999.

  • Tidal Floods in Central Java Put Womens Health at Risk

    December 24, 2019

    Thousands of residents in Pekalongan City have been inundated for tens of years, living in poor sanitation, and are exposed to various diseases. Declining sanitation has the greatest impact on women. While the estimated economic losses suffered by the city in Central Java ranges from Rp 244.101 billion to Rp 492.612 billion.

  • Indonesian Journalists Gain New Understanding on How to Cover Climate Changes Impact on Coffee

    December 06, 2019 clip Ekuatorial

    New research and experts have explain how climate change is threatening worldwide coffee production, including in Indonesia, where domestic coffee consumption is rising. But as the coffee downstream market in the country blooms, the upstream is confronting new challenges. More farmers are reporting a decline in harvest volumes and have expressed concerns for their future.

  • Riau’s Annual Fire and Smoke Calamity

    October 22, 2019 clip Ekuatorial

    Riau has announced state of emergency since February 19, 2019 while all schools in Pekanbaru have been closed since September 11, 2019, due to worsening air pollution that have reached unhealthy levels. While the Riau Regional Disaster Management Agency noted, for the period from January 1 to October 6, 2019, the total area of ​​land burned in Riau had reached 9,120.5 hectares.

  • Deforestation in Halmahera Paves Way for Palm Oil Industry

    October 11, 2019

    The expansion of private oil palm plantation in Gane Dalam, Halmahera is inevitable. Some residents choose to stay on the remaining land they have. Some of them sold their land and become labourers on the plantation. While environmentalists ask the government to review permits and policies that are deemed as not in favour of the local community.

  • Jakarta Citizens Take Legal Action on Pollution

    May 17, 2019

    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.

  • Environmental Reporters Face Increasing Threats

    May 08, 2019

    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.

  • Protecting the Last Forest of Lamandau

    February 01, 2019

    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.

  • Waste Energy and Currency Powering Up Food Stall in Semarang

    January 14, 2019 clip Ekuatorial

    The eco-friendly canteen in Bambankerep, Semarang, Central Java, uses methane gas produced from landfill and receives payments with plastic waste. Semarang, is one of 12 cities that has been selected to launch the government’s waste to energy facility development in a bid to tackle solid waste issues.

  • Palembang Tackles Waste Issue With Mutual Cooperation

    December 21, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    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.

  • The Impact of COP24 For Indonesia

    December 18, 2018

    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.

  • The Last Hours of COP24: Climate Talks Cut Through Key Sticky Points

    December 18, 2018

    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.

  • COP24: Indonesia Promotes Low-carbon Development Initiative

    December 14, 2018

    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.

  • Trails of Trash in Ranupani

    December 07, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    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.

  • Journalists Gather to Highlight and Understand Issues to be Discussed at the 24th Conference of Parties

    November 30, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    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.

  • Anoa: On the Brink of Extinction

    October 25, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    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.

  • Farmers Suffer as Illegal Water Extractions Remain Unregulated

    October 08, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    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.

  • Bongkoran Farmers : A Grim Face of Indonesia’s Agrarian Reform

    May 28, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    Bongkoran farmers of Wongsorejo, Banyuwangi district of East Java, who have occupied lands under the Dutch colonialization in the 10402, found themselves still struggling to get their lands to be recognized by the state nearly five decades later. Tensions between farmers, a local cotton manufacturer and local government continue to mount amid efforts to revive the Agrarian Reform by the Joko Widodo administration. Read full article here.

  • Reducing Rice Dependency, North Maluku Swtiches to Sago for Staple Food

    May 18, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    North Maluku administration is gearing up to leave its dependence on rice and switch to sago, its local food. The local government is planning to reinforce the consumption sago through policies and technology. A move that was met with enthusiasm by local people who are struggling to keep up with the rising price of rice. Read full report here.

  • Hydroponic Farming, Entryway to Learning And Behavioral Change

    May 17, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    Teachers of 213 State Junior High School of East Jakarta took a different approach to teach their students about natural sciences. The greening initiative quickly shift to learning how to grow their own food and better understanding of how and where food comes from. Helena E. Rea has more.

  • Microplastic: The Invisible Threat

    May 08, 2018 clip Ekuatorial

    Humans are predicted to be producing up to 12 billion waste by 2050. While each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean. Among this mass waste is microplastic – a plastic with less than five millimeter diameter that is making its way into the human body system. It enters through bottled water, tap water and cosmetics.

  • Again, Hundreds of Pangolins Smuggled into Malaysia

    March 09, 2016 clip Ekuatorial

    North Sumatra Marine Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of pangolins, Wednesday (11/11). These protected animals smuggled by KM Rezeki Abadi GT 5, with Malaysia as the final destination. “All the crew members who are citizens of Belawan cannot show the letters. When checked, we found 103 pangolins,” said Chief of North Sumatra […]

  • KKP Tackles 3,230 Pig-nosed Turtles Smuggling Attempt

    February 18, 2016 clip Ekuatorial

    After thwarting a smuggling attempt of 15 tons of fish, the Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP), together with Marine Resources and Fisheries Monitoring Post (PSDKP) of Timika and Timika Resort Police has thwarted another smuggling attempt of pig-nosed turtles (Carettochelys insculpta). “We have secured 3,230 pig-nosed turtles packed in 190 plastic boxes from smuggling […]

  • Unfinished, Plantation Conflict in Riau

    January 05, 2016 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial– A total of 36 conflicts in the tens of thousands of hectares of plantation area in Riau province still unfinished. According to Scale Up, plantation conflicts that occur during January to December 2015 has become the most dominant cause of the conflict from a total of 55 conflicts over natural resources in the […]

  • Paris Agreement: the reaction

    December 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Here are some reactions to the agreement package by the countries in the COP21 Climate Conferees in Le Bourget, Paris, France. Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo”The Paris Agreement is only one step of a long journey. There are things that sometimes make me frustrated and disappointed, but this is a process. The agreement itself […]

  • 5 Things in Paris Agreement Package

    December 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    The Paris agreement is final. Nearly 200 nations adopt treaty to limit global temperature rise rate. First treaty, which agreed by countries in Geneva in February, as many as 86 pages. After two revisions, the draft is reduced to just 12 pages containing five important points. TEMPERATURE In Paris, the countries agreed to prevent the […]

  • Carbon stored in indigenous people’s territories: map

    December 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    How much carbon stored in indigenous peoples’ territories? An analysis released this week at the climate talks in Paris concludes that 20.1 percent of the carbon stored in tropical forests around the world which owned or claimed by the indigenous people. If we consider only the tropical forests in the Amazon Basin, Mesoamerica, the Democratic […]

  • Phytoplankton Population Explosion Causes Fishes to Die: LIPI

    December 03, 2015

    The mass death of fishes, found washed ashore North Jakarta`s Ancol Dream Land beach, was due to a population boom of the Coscinodiscus spp. species of phytoplankton, as stated by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). In a press statement here on Wednesday, the Oceanic Research Center of LIPI said the phytoplankton population had significantly […]

  • Minister of Environment and Forestry: No More Licensing for Peatland Concessions

    November 01, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Ekuatorial, Palangka Raya – Government take firm action against the exploitation of peatland, which is to stop giving forest management concessions to the company. “The Ministry of Environment and Forestry will not provide new licenses for peatland. This is in accordance with instructions of the president,” said Minister Siti Nurbaya, on the sidelines of President […]

  • Village-owned Enterprises (BUMDes) as a Solution

    October 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Chairman of KTH “Jasema”, Sugiyono, carried a stack of documents. It contains loan application letters from the members of the cooperative. In each letter listed the fund amounts to be borrowed and the signature of a husband and wife who borrowed. “So that, the husband and wife know the loan amount and not diverted,” said […]

  • Certified Wood from Terong Village

    October 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    The drought reached its peak at the end of September. In Terong village in Bantul regency, Central Java, the teak tree began leafless, the soil harden. However, the sources of water in these hills still produce clear water. In some areas, paddy is still green. Contrast with the surrounding deciduous trees. The paddy did not […]

  • Executives of PT Palm Lestari Makmur Becomes Suspect in Riau Fires

    October 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau Police named three executives of PT Palm Lestari Makmur as the suspect in an alleged case of fires in Indragiri Hulu. “One of the three people named as a suspect is an Indonesian citizen with initial name IJP, Director of PT PLM. Two other foreigners, one Malaysian citizen (EJP) and one […]

  • Compliance Audit: 58 Companies in Riau Not Ready to Tackle Forest Fires

    October 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – From 61 Forest Management Rights (HPH) and Manager Plantation Forests (HTI) license holder companies, 58 of them have not met the standards to prevent and tackle forest fires. Riau government gave two months deadline for those companies to complete the infrastructure. “All the HPH and HTI license holders should have facilities for […]

  • 16 Companies Investigated Over Land Fires

    September 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau Police investigated 16 Industrial Timber Estate/Plantation (HTI) companies indicated as forest-burner. Here’s the list: 1. PT Siak Raya Timber (Kampar) 2. PT Perawang Sukses Perkasa Industri (Kampar) 3. PT Riau Jaya Utama (Kampar) 4. PT Alam Sari Lestari (Inhu) 5. PT Bukit Raya Pelalawan (Pelalawan) 6. PT Pusaka Bumi Mega Nusantara […]

  • Forest Fires, Orangutan Fled to Settlement

    September 29, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sampit, Ekuatorial – A Bornean orangutan (Pongopygmaeus) entered into a settlement area in Wengga Metropolitan Street, Sampit, East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan. The female Orangutan, approximately aged 11 years, wandering in the settlements because of forest fires. It has been four days since this wild animal out of the forest, but only reported by residents on […]

  • Sunda slow loris and Javan langur Smuggling Foiled

    September 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Tahuna, Ekuatorial – Port Security Unit (PSU) of Tahuna, Sangihe Islands Regency, North Sulawesi foiled the smuggling of 23 Sunda slow lorises (Nycticebus javanicus) and two Javan langur (Trachypithecus auratus). These protected animals to be smuggled from Manado to Philippine. These endemic animals are smuggled by commercial ships operating in sea route between Indonesia and […]

  • Fires in Wasur National Park

    September 21, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – The fire started in Wasur National Park in Sota district, Merauke, Papua. The fire spread along Trans-Papua highway, but no extinction yet. Head of Wasur National Park, Anggodo said that the fires started from outside the area and fueled by landowners. “Burning is common but not big fires. Burning by landowners to […]

  • Haze Disturb Air Transportation

    September 19, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Thick haze from land and forest fires are still covered Sumatra and Kalimantan. Flights to and from the airport disturbed. According to the Ministry of Transportation, there are 15 airports disturbed by haze: 1. Syamsuddin Noor Airport, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. Visibility is 500 meters. 2. Supadio Airport, Pontianak, West Kalimantan. Visibility is 500 meters. 3. […]

  • Japan Tested Firefighting Foam

    September 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Japan tested the effectiveness of the technology of foam for peat fire suppression, in experiments in Serbu Api team station, Kalampangan district, Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Wednesday (16/9). This cooperation involves the Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland (CIMTROP) from University of Palangkaraya, the University of Kitakyushu Japan, and […]

  • Indigenous Council: For Whom the Waigeo Ring Road?

    September 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Indigenous Council of Mayans, Raja Ampat questioned the central government’s policies since opening the Waigeo Ring Road on Waigeo Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua. That 757 kilometers road are considered at risk from illegal logging and conservation of Papua’s endemic birds, red Cendrawasih (bird of paradise) and Wilson Cenderawasih. “Actually, for whom […]

  • 30 Companies Investigated Over Haze in Riau

    September 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau Police investigated 30 companies due to land and forest fires in Riau Province. “There are 30 companies being investigated due to land and forest and fires. Now, we can’t mention the names of these companies,” said police’s special crime investigation unit deputy chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Ari Rahman, Thursday (17/9). Between […]

  • Police Arrest Company Executives Allegedly Involved in Land Fires

    September 16, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau Police arrest operations manager of PT Langgam Inti Hibrindo (LIH), Frans Katihokang in Agam, West Sumatra, Wednesday (16/9). He allegedly negligent, causing a fire in 530 hectares of their area. “After gathering information from dozens of witnesses, including expert witnesses, all point to him and we immediately arrested him,” said Deputy […]

  • Six Corporations Ignore Call from the City Council

    September 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Eleven corporations involved in the land burning in Central Kalimantan, but only five meet the call from the Commission B of City Council (DPRD) of Central Kalimantan for a joint meeting due to uncontrollable haze, Monday (14/9). The eleven companies are PT Kresna Agrokencana Sakti and PT Indo Sawit Jaya of South […]

  • Three Corporate Leaders Appointed for Land Burner Suspect

    September 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Regional Police of Central Kalimantan appointed three leaders of oil palm plantations as land burner suspect. Each served as President Director of PT Makmur Bersama Asia, Kuala Kapuas , PT Antang Sawit Perdana, Pulang Pisau, and PT Globlindo Alam Perkasa, Sampit. “Three people have become suspect. They are all president director,” said […]

  • Dozen Tons of Illegal Mangrove Seized

    September 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Aceh Tamiang, Ekuatorial – Forest Management Unit (FMU) of Region III Aceh seized 17 tons of illegal mangrove during forest surveillance operations in Aceh Tamiang, Aceh on September 14, 2015. “Allegedly those illegal mangrove wood from protected forest and production forest in Pusong Kapal village mangrove area, Seruway, Aceh Tamiang,” said Head of FMU of […]

  • Haze Emergency, PSI in Pekanbaru Reach 1,065

    September 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – The haze from forest and land fires residue in some areas in Riau adversely affect air quality. At 09.00, the Air Pollution Standard Index (PSI) in Pekanbaru reached 1,065 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Three times over a dangerous level. Riau status increased to haze emergency. “Determination of the status is […]

  • Thick Haze Compels Students in Palangkaraya to Stay Home

    September 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Thick haze in Central Kalimantan, Palangkaraya made local government announced holiday for elementary school and kindergarten student. This policy is valid from Wednesday, September 9, 2015, until the next week. “When the haze thicker then all students will be staying at home,” said Deputy Mayor of Palangkaraya, Mofit Saptono Subagyo. Junior and […]

  • Hotspots in Central Kalimantan Soared

    September 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – The hotspots in Central Kalimantan soared in just three days. The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics monitored the 23 hotspots indicated as forest and land fires on September 7, 2015. The number rose to 1,295 hotspots on September 9, 2015. According to BMKG forecaster Palangkaraya, Alfond, they did not think the difference can […]

  • Drought Caused Harvest Failure in North Bolaang Mongondow

    September 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Boroko, Ekuatorial – Drought in North Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, began to have an impact on food production. Crop failure is predicted to hit hundreds of hectares of rice and corn fields. Head of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Plantation and Forestry of North Bolaang Mongondow, Syafrudin Pontoh, said that the drought impact on […]

  • Central Kalimantan Facing ‘Haze Emergency’

    September 08, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Central Kalimantan Government declared ‘haze emergency’ status due to haze worsens from forest and plantation fires. “All the requirements for emergency status have been fulfilled and the impact has been greatly felt by the people,” said the acting governor of Central Kalimantan, Hadi Prabowo. The decision of this status is a mutual […]

  • PT LIH Indicated as Burners of 530 Hectares Land in Riau

    September 08, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Police determined PT Inti Hebrindo Langgam for fires in 530 hectares of forest and land in Riau. “Friday we will take information from leaders of PT Inti Hebrindo Langgam and corporation expert witnesses,” said Deputy Director of the Special Criminal Investigation Directorate, AKBP (Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner) Arif Rachman, Tuesday (8/9). Total […]

  • Aceh Border Shrouded by Smog

    September 03, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Langsa, Ekuatorial – Langsa, the border region between North Sumatra and Aceh shrouded by smog from forest and land fires. In the last two days, the smog is thick enough so that the citizens complained of eye irritation and cough during outdoor activities. Head of Langsa Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Rinaldi Aulia urged people […]

  • Pekanbaru Still Shrouded by Smog from Fires Residue

    September 03, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau still shrouded by smog from forest and land fires residue. Dense smog back on last three days. Therefore, Education Department of Pekanbaru to dismiss the whole school activities. “Previously only level of kindergarten and elementary school, but now up to high school,” said Head of Education Department of Pekanbaru, Zulfadil, Wednesday […]

  • Most of Hotspots in Lampung Found in Plantation Area

    August 31, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Data from NOAA satellites which is monitoring the developments of hotspots in Sumatra, showed that up to August 23, 2015, 88 percent of fires occur in the plantation area. While the other 13 percent in the forest area. According to the Head of the Natural Resources Agency of Lampung Province, Subakir, he […]

  • Clean Water Crisis in Sitaro

    August 18, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sitaro, Ekuatorial – Long drought causing water crisis in Sitaro Regency, North Sulawesi. There are 10 villages that are now suffering from water crisis. “We get the data from the field and the public complaints,” said the Head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Sitaro, Bob Ch Wuaten. These villages are Kampung Lai (Central […]

  • Endangered, Mangrove Forests of Aceh Tamiang

    August 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Aceh Tamiang, Ekuatorial – Mangrove forests in Aceh Tamiang, Aceh, endangered because of illegal logging as charcoal. “It occurs every day, even in areas that are being rehabilitated,” said Deputy Head of Security Unit in Forest Management Unit, Region III Aceh, Elvian, Tuesday (11/8). Neighborhood security patrols discovered dozens of fishing boat contains of 60 […]

  • Fish bombing in Raja Ampat at Alarming Rate

    August 12, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Fishing using bombs still rife in the waters of Fam and Miosmanggara island, West Waigeo District, Raja Ampat, West Papua. Chairman of the Indigenous Council of Mayans, Kristian Thebu, said that there is a lack of Patrol. Due to the recurrence of fish bombing, three villages namely Fam Village, Saobabu Village, and […]

  • Natural Resources Conflict in Riau Still High

    August 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Riau province still ranks first in the issue of natural resource conflicts. The first half of 2015, Sustainable Social Development Partnership (Scale Up) record 31 conflicts occurred in Riau forestry and plantation sector due to the chaotic permit. Harry Oktavian, executive director of Scale Up in July 2014 said that the highest […]

  • Gum Rubber Theft Foiled by Rangers

    August 03, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Medan, Ekuatorial – The Great Hall of the Gunung Leuser National Park (BBTNGL) arrested gum rubber thieves and seized 8.5 tons of evidence. Two trucks carrying gum rubber ambushed at Sawit Sebrang Street, Padang Tualang, August 2, 2015, at midnight. Public Relations of BBTNGL, Rahmat Saleh said officers conducted surveillance after receiving information from the […]

  • Lawu Slopes Flammables During Drought

    August 03, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Ekuatorial, Wonogiri – 6,000 hectares of Perhutani (State-owned Forest Enterprises) land in North Lawu Forest identified as flammables areas during drought. The flammable region is in plot 63, which are located near the peak of Mount Lawu. Slopes in the Karanganyar and Wonogiri lose a lot of water sources because it did not rain. To […]

  • Karanganyar empties its landfills to contain increased waste during Ramadan

    July 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Anticipating increased waste volume during holiday season, Karanganyar Sanitary and Park agency emptied available landfills in the area, said a senior official, on Monday (20/7). The agency predicted 20 percent rise of waste volume during seven days before Muslims’ Eid al-fitr celebration and a few days after celebration, especially tourists’ areas. “We […]

  • Two years sentenced for orangutan trader in Medan

    July 11, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Medan, Ekuatorial – Despite still lower than charged by prosecutors, two years sentenced for illegal wildlife trader was still considered as positive development in tackling the crime, said animal activists and officials. On February, Vast Haris Nugroho Nasution was caught red-handed in an undercover police set up for selling a baby orangutan (Pongo abelii), in […]

  • South Minahasa environment office investigates pollution by coconut oil company

    July 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Amurang, Ekuatorial – Following complaints from villagers, South Minahasa Environmental Office conducted an investigation towards a local coconut oil company allegedly polluting water, said a senior official, last week. Known as copra producer area, dozens of coconut oil companies established in South Minahasa, however, local villagers have long suspected that companies have been dumping waste […]

  • Normal routines for Sorong people amid high tide warnings

    July 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Despite of early warning on high tides, people were still running about their routines either to sold coconut or to fish in the sea, said a local villager of Soop island, Sorong district, last week. “[The] south season has come with high tide but we are used to sign nature’s signs, such […]

  • Gemstone mining in Tincep village destroys forest

    July 07, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Tondano, Ekuatorial – Massive gemstone mining in Minahasa had taken its toll potentially damaging forest areas in Tincep village, Sonder district, Minahasa, Tincep head village, Rommy Dapu, said that villagers kept on hunting for gemstone and were difficult to be stopped. Up to Monday (6/7), local villagers have managed to dig at least to 20 […]

  • Lampung govt prepares 70 artesian wells to anticipate drought

    July 06, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – To anticipate long dry season, Bandarlampung administration is planning to create 70 artesian wells in areas prone to drought, such as Kedaton, Koga, Panjang, Sukabumi, and Kaliawi sub districts, said Bandarlampung Mayor Herman HN. “For this year, local government also prepares clean water.” said Herman adding that water supply was sufficient in […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Indonesia launches national carbon accounting system

    March 27, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ahead of this year’s global climate conference, Ministry of Environment and Forestry launched an emission monitoring system which tracked down Indonesia’s released and stored greenhouse gas emissions, on Friday (27/3), in Jakarta. The system, Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS), also serves as the country’s MRV mechanism, an abbreviation from ‘Measurement, Reporting, […]

  • Green groups call for banned all permits on forest exploitation in Aceh

    March 27, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Aceh Tamiang, Ekuatorial – A coalition of green groups demanded for Aceh Tamiang government banned all permits issuance related to forest exploitation, in Aceh Tamiang, on Thursday (25/3). The Coalition to Save Forest and Environment just released a policy brief calling for moratorium on forest permit issuance for mining and plantation in Aceh Tamiang district. […]

  • Green groups demand President Jokowi to extend moratorium with few additions

    March 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Green activists on Thursday (26/3) demanded President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo administration to extend forest moratorium but with some additional requirements. The moratorium, announced during then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration in 2011, halts permit issuance for primary forests and peatlands in the country in pursuit for better forestry management. During his visit […]

  • Lampung Port Police confiscates illegal turtles headed to Jakarta

    March 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    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. […]

  • Govt needs to develop more city forests : activists

    March 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Amid massive deforestation, Indonesia needs to turn to city forests development which can serve as green open space and conservation, said an activist, on Monday (23/3), in Jakarta. “We need to conserve trees which are being felled in forests because of oil palm plantation and mining extractions. I think it’s better to […]

  • Aceh govt declares Tripa peats as protected areas

    March 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Banda Aceh, Ekuatorial – After years of legal battle, Aceh government finally declared Tripa peat swamp as protected areas, on Saturday (21/3), as stated in a press release by Coalition to Save the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest. In 2012, Tripa peat swamp made international news headlines after massive fires raged throughout the area questioning Indonesia’s […]

  • Hundreds of mining permits surround North Sulawesi

    March 20, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Despite of strong rejection from green activists, North Sulawesi government kept on issuing permits for mining in the area, said an official recently. Up to March, local government had already issued at least 145 Mining Business Permits, or locally known as IUP. “Up till now, there are 145 permits issued [by the […]

  • Elephants roamed through plantations but still under control, activist said

    March 19, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Though herd of elephants seen at villagers’ plantations, local activist said on Wednesday (18/3) that they were still relatively under control. For the past week, villagers of Balik Bukit have spotted elephants passing through their plantations located at buffer zone of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, in West Lampung. Ali Rizky Arrasy […]

  • Indonesian Army gives green energy lamp for Acehnese

    March 18, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Aceh Timur, Ekuatorial – The Indonesian Army on Tuesday (17/3) installed environmentally-friendly lamps, stoves, and gas for poor people with limited access to electricity in East Aceh. The programs dubbed as People’s Army Energy Saving Lamps (Lentera), People’s Villages Supervisory Non-Commissioned Officer Stove (Kombara), and People’s Army Gas Engine (Mogantara) were distributed by East Aceh […]

  • A male Sumatran tiger died in Lampung

    March 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • No legal status for customary lands in Indonesia

    March 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Though already submitted customary land maps to the government, no legal status has yet to be declared over these areas, said an activist on Monday (16/3), in Sorong, Papua. “There isn’t any process related to acknowledging customary land maps because government has yet to issue regulations on these maps,” said Kasmita Widodo, […]

  • Environment and Forestry Ministry turns to experts and activists to handle cases

    March 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – To overcome flooding complaints related to environment and forestry issues, Ministry of Environment and Forestry formed a team comprise of experts to help solve cases, said Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, in Jakarta, on Thursday (12/3). The team for handling environment and forestry cases, which was already formed in January […]

  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry launched public complaint center

    March 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry on Thursday (12/3) launched complaint mechanism to deal with cases related to environment and forestry, in Jakarta. Public can submit their complaints or share information related to environment and forestry issues through the ministry’s website http://pengaduan.menlhk.go.id, sent email pengaduan@menlhk.go.id or call and SMS to 0811-932-932. In […]

  • Court released a man suspected in Riau illegal land burning

    March 14, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, said on Thursday (12/3) that they will appeal on the court’s decision to release a land and forest fires suspect. Rengat District Court, preceded by judge Wiwin Sulistya, had released Asun or Mastur, director of PT Kurnia Subur, suspected for land and forest fires in […]

  • Environment and Forestry Ministry launched website to detect land and forest fires

    March 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Approaching dry season, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) launched a website to detect land and forest fires on real-time, on Thursday (12/3), in Jakarta. The website, sipongi.menlhk.go.id, displays information extracted from ASMC (ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Center), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and BMKG (Indonesian Meteorological, Climatology, and Geophysics), which comprises […]

  • Residents chase away illegal miners digging in their residents

    March 12, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Fearing of landslide, citizens of Bandarlampung have been chasing away illegal gold miners in their resident areas,” said a local resident, in Bandarlampung, on Tuesday (10/3). Umri, a local resident, said that there were no longer illegal gold miners in his home located in Sukabumi sub-district of Bandarlampung city. “We are worried […]

  • AMAN calls for national reconciliation between the state and indigenous peoples

    March 11, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Indigenous people’s alliance in Indonesia calls for national reconciliation between the government and indigenous peoples after long abandonment by the state, said Abdon Nababan, secretary general of Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), in Jakarta, on Tuesday (10/3). “[The government] needs to start national reconciliation immediately. If not, I am afraid […]

  • ‘If Not Us Then Who’ campaign launched in Indonesia

    March 11, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Five short documentaries of how Indonesia’s indigenous people struggle and sacrifice to protect their forests hit Jakarta’s Antara Gallery, March 10-18. The screening is part of the ‘If Not Us Then Who’ campaign, a two year project aiming to communicate indigenous people’s experience in protecting forests. “We want to tell the world […]

  • Indigenous people task force is urgent, but no deadline set

    March 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — To ensure land acquisitions for infrastructure development run smoothly, government is currently setting up an agency tasked to deal with indigenous people although no specific deadline has been set, said a special staff, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (10/3). The task force was initiated by Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) to […]

  • Marine conservation areas in Indonesia reaches 16.5 million hectares

    March 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Director of Conservation Area and Fish of the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries, Agus Dermawan, claimed that marine conservation areas in Indonesia have reached 16.5 million hectares from the target of 20 million hectares by 2020, in Jakarta, on Saturday (7/3). “After being initiated in 1980s, marine conservation areas have reached 16.5 […]

  • Virus attacks shrimp farms in Lampung

    March 07, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – The largest shrimp farm in Southeast Asia, Bumi Dipasena, is being threatened by white feces disease due to increase demands, said an official, on Friday (6/3), in Bandarlampung. After reports on many shrimp deaths, Lampung marine and fisheries agency conducted a research and found that South Lampung, East Lampung, and Dipasena were […]

  • Relocation for people living in Langsa watershed to overcome floods

    March 07, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Langsa, Ekuatorial – Langsa administration planned to relocate people living in Langsa watershed areas to overcome floods coming every year, said Iskandar Syukri, head of Langsa Disaster Mitigation Agency, on Thursday (5/3), in Langsa. “Normalizing Langsa river will not solve the problem. It is much efficient to elevate embankments and construct concrete embankments permanently which […]

  • 20 community based forests in Indonesia participating in emission reduction program

    March 06, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of lesser known and interests, around 20 community based forests were participating in emission reduction program to achieve added values of their forests, said an activist on Thursday (6/3), in Jakarta. These communities, which include community forest (hutan kemasyarakatan), village forest (hutan desa), people’s plantation forest (hutan tanaman rakyat), people’s forest […]

  • 56,000 hectares critical lands located in Biak, Papua

    March 06, 2015 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Biak, Jubi/Antara – Biak Numfor Forest Management official released data of 56,000 hectares of critical forest areas in Papua, in 2015. “If previous critical forest areas amounted to 42,000 hectares but there has been increased [of critical forest areas] so it would need replanting from time to time,” said head of forest management office, Aris […]

  • Indonesia to host World Lake Conference 2016

    March 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia will be hosting world’s conference on lakes bearing hopes that it will encourage more attention and actions for the country’s own distraught resources, said a senior official on Thursday (4/3), in Jakarta. The 16th World Lake Conference (WCL16) will be held on November 2016, in Bali under the cooperation of Ministry […]

  • Growing population leads to increasing waste in Manado

    March 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Head of Manado department of sanitation and urban landscaping said on Tuesday (3/2) that the city’s waste volume has been increasing for the past four years resulted from growing population. “In 2014, it [the volume] had already passed 980,865 cubic meters and [we] predicted that it will continue to increase this year,” […]

  • Aceh Representatives : funding to transfer elephant is available at City District

    March 02, 2015 clip Atjeh Post

    Joe Samalanga Elephant and human conflict reached five people casualties and one injured between 2014 – 2015 in Central Aceh. Secretary of Commission II, which oversees economy, natural resources and environment, at Aceh House of Representatives, H. Muhammad Amru, said that lack of fund can not be used as the reason to stall moving elephant […]

  • 600 hectares of protected forest turn into community forest

    March 02, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Airmadidi, Ekuatorial – No less than 600 hectares of protected forests in North Minahasa would be turned into community forests where people might be able to manage forest products but were not allowed to cut its trees, said Joppy Lengkong, head of North Minahasa Forestry Agency, on Saturday (1/3). “We have already proposed for 600 […]

  • Poor sanitation polluting well water in Manado

    February 28, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – North Sulawesi Environmental Agency on Friday (27/2) revealed that most of people’s wells were polluted resulted from increasing population and poor sanitation. “We took samples from 12 wells randomly during 2014. As a result, they were showing poor water quality of their wells,” said Sonny Runtuwene, head of the agency adding that […]

  • BMKG : 7 Hotspots Detected in Aceh province

    February 27, 2015 clip Atjeh Post

    Meanwhile, weather forecast, Nasrol said, there will be light rains and clouds for the next two days in Aceh province. Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected seven hotspots in Aceh province, said forecaster on duty of Blang Bintang BMKG, Nasrol Adil, through a press release sent to ATJEHPOST.co, on Friday, February 27, 2015. “There […]

  • Bunaken National Park is under threat from uncontrollable waste

    February 27, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Massive uncontrollable waste is currently threatening Bunaken National Park, one of Indonesia’s marine beauty, said an official on Thursday (26/2), in Manado. “”It is inevitable that waste is destroying the beauty and big name of Bunaken as one of world’s tourist destination,” said Joy Korah, head of North Sulawesi Tourism Agency. There […]

  • State-owned companies earned bad rating in environmental performance

    February 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Two state-owned power plants and hospital in Lampung earned poor rating on environmental performance according to Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said an official on Wednesday (25/2), in Bandarlampung. The rating, dubbed as PROPER [Environmental Performance Evaluation Rating Program], is an annual program set up by the ministry which assessing companies, state-owned […]

  • Fish farmers in Lampung lost millions of rupiah due to massive floods

    February 24, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Shrimp and fish farmers lost millions of rupiah after their ponds were inundated by two meters of flood, said a local villager, on Monday (23/2), in South Lampung. “Flood hit ponds as a result of Sekampung river, which is located between South Lampung and East Lampung, overflowed,” said Guntoro, village secretary of […]

  • Villager handed over baby orangutan for rehabilitation

    February 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sampit, Ekuatorial – After failed to save its mother, official managed to confiscate a baby orangutan captivated from a local villager of Menjalin, Parenggean sub-district, of Kotawaringin district, on Sunday (22/2), in Central Kalimantan. “The baby orangutan was captured by local villagers for ransacking their plantations. The mother had died from being shot and [they] […]

  • Mesuji residents refuse partnership for land ownership

    February 21, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Despite of illegally encroached forest areas, Mesuji residents refused partnerships offer from the company arguing that it was only temporary agreement, said a local villager on Friday (20/2). Initially, Register 45 district of Mesuji comprised of 33,500 hectares but PT Silva Hutani (SIL) had been granted additional permits for a total of […]

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

    February 21, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry reveals air quality in Indonesian cities do not meet standards

    February 20, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced on Tuesday its air quality evaluation revealing that 30 percent of cities evaluated do not meet its standards, in Jakarta. The Blue Sky Program evaluated air quality in 45 cities, –14 metropolitan cities, 15 big cities, and 16 medium-small cities–, using carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen […]

  • Central Kalimantan declares flood emergency

    February 20, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Central Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency declared emergency status amid severe floods occurred in seven out of 14 districts and cities in the province, on Thursday (19/2). “The status was based on regional reports. Based on current data, North Barito flood inundated around 6,581 houses in seven sub-districts and 50 villages. Meanwhile, […]

  • Natural disasters increasing in Gunungkidul district

    February 19, 2015 clip Kabar Kota

    YOGYAKARTA (kabarkota.com) – Due to increasing land slides and waterspouts, Gunungkidul district government continues its efforts to mitigate natural disasters. Numbers of landslides areas in the district have been increasing. Initially, landslides occur in Gedangsari and Patuk sub-districts but Semin and Ponjong sub-districts are predicted to experience similar issues. The government is now focusing on […]

  • Toll road development threatens agriculture in Lampung

    February 18, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekutorial – Lawmakers gave green light for Sumatran toll road to be developed in Lampung but warned that it will not displace productive lands, such as paddy fields, on Tuesday (17/2). The 140 kilometers toll road development would affected at least 70 villages in three districts, — South Lampung, Pesawaran and Central Lampung –, […]

  • Indigenous people alliance urges government to set up a special task force

    February 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Failed to pass a new law this year, indigenous people’s alliance is pushing the government to establish a task force to set up framework for acknowledging rights of indigenous people, said Abdon Nababan, a secretary general of Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), in Jakarta, on Monday (16/2). “AMAN has been […]

  • AMAN reminds Jokowi on his promise to acknowledge indigenous people

    February 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – After failed to secure opportunity to pass the law this year, indigenous people’s alliance on Monday (16/2) reminded President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo on his promises to support the recognition and acknowledgment of indigenous people in Indonesia. During his presidential campaign, Jokowi and Jusuf ‘JK’ Kalla had promised to speed up the process […]

  • Deforested Lawu Mountain lead to clean water scarcity

    February 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Massive deforestation at Lawu Mountain of Central Java led to clean water scarcity, said an expert on Thursday (12/2), in Karanganyar, Central Java. “Research through aerial photo shown that vegetation in Lawu Mountain do not qualified as sufficient water catchment areas. The Lawu forest which majority covered with pine trees are now […]

  • REDD+ runs as usual for Central Kalimantan

    February 10, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Despite of Indonesia’s agency to reduce emission from deforestation and degradation dissolved into the ministry of environment and forestry, Central Kalimantan would not abandon its position as a pilot province of the program, said an official in Palangka Raya, on Monday (9/2). In 2010, Central Kalimantan was appointed as a pilot […]

  • Farmers battling pests in Central Java

    February 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Solo, Ekuatorial – With bad weather continues to hit Central Java, farmers are left battling pests in their paddy fields on their own as local officials have yet to receive any reports on the condition. “Around eight hectares of paddy fields are attacked by golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata lamarck ) and four hectares must […]

  • US Government grants US$ 500 billion for Indonesia’s emission reduction effort

    February 07, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – US government will grant half a billion dollars to support Indonesia’s effort to reduce carbon emission, said Robert O Blake Jr, US Ambassador to Indonesia during his two days work visit to Central Kalimantan, on Thursday-Friday (5-6 Feb). Blake said that the grant will be disbursed into a program called Indonesia […]

  • Jayapura is lacking of green open space

    February 06, 2015 clip Tabloid Jubi

    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 […]

  • Indonesia to review its 26/41 percent emission cuts

    February 05, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Following global agreement to reach new reducing carbon emission pledges, Indonesia was finally reviewing its own commitment, said an activist in Jakarta, on Wednesday (4/2). In 2009, Indonesia has announced to reduce its emission for 26 percent and 41 percent with international help by 2020 which was received by mixed opinions. It […]

  • Activist : ASEAN Economic Community must implement low carbon development path

    February 05, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Amid of ASEAN Economic Community to be implemented by end of 2015, activists on Wed (4/2) warned on its impact on increasing greenhouse gas emission which was responsible for climate change. “ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is more focused on moving buyers from trading to investment. So, it’s mostly about trade and investment. […]

  • Green groups call for ASEAN leaders to pledge ‘fair and ambitious’ carbon emission cuts

    February 05, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A coalition of green groups called for leaders of Southeast Asia region to make ‘fair and ambitious’ new pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in Jakarta, on Wednesday (4/2). “They [Southeast Asian nations] should prepare for negotiation to come up with new agreement with deadline on this 2015 conference. It is truly […]

  • Illegal mining returns to Southeast Minahasa district

    February 04, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Activists on Tuesday (3/2) slammed Southeast Minahasa government for ‘ignoring’ illegal mining activities allegedly conducted by foreign companies in Alason site, Ratatotok sub-district, Mitra district. “Two units excavators were seen operating in Alason since last Monday (26/1). Workers were spotted setting up a temporary 20 tonnes capacity gold processor,” said Rully Tamod, […]

  • Bakrie Group Subsidiary Allegedly Violated Regulations in Gorontalo

    February 02, 2015 clip Degorontalo

    DEGORONTALO – A subsidiary of Bakrie Groups, PT Gorontalo Minerals, has been accused of violating environment and forestry laws. The violation has been allegedly broke regulations after they have obtained borrow-to-use permit for forestry area from then Ministry of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, in 2010, as stated at a press release from Gorontalo’s Indonesian Miners Association […]

  • 73 endemic birds of West Papua released to the wild

    February 02, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – West Papua Natural Resources Conservation Agency, or BKSDA, finally released confiscated Victoria crowned pigeons and yellow-crested cockatoos back to their wild habitat in North Salawati Nature Reserve of Raja Ampat, on Saturday (31/1). This was BKSDA’s third release of wild animals confiscated from illegal trading in 2014. “We have released black-capped lory […]

  • Deforestation leads to food insecurity for Lampung

    January 31, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Water crisis resulted from environmental degradation would lead to decreasing rice production in Lampung. Hence, rice security targeted by the province in 2015 will not be achieved, said an activist on Friday (30/1), in Lampung. Job Carles, Lampung based WWF Project Manager, said that Lampung’s rice production was declining, especially in Tanggamus […]

  • Expert slams Manado government expanding reclamation plan

    January 30, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Despite of Manado government’s clearance on its reclamation activities, expert slammed it as destroying the ecosystem and its marine biodiversity. Since 1998, North Sulawesi had issued 19 reclamation permits, eight permits were issued by Manado administration for a total of 114 hectares and 11 permits were issued by Minahasa district government for […]

  • REDD+ agency closed down ‘is not in accordance’ to Indonesia-Norway agreement

    January 29, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Dissolving Indonesia’s agency on reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation, or REDD+, into the Ministry of Environment and Forestry was ‘no doubt not in accordance’ to the country’s bilateral agreement with Norway made in 2010, said Heru Prasetyo, now former head of REDD+ agency, in Jakarta, on Thursday (29/1). The agreement, […]

  • West Papua’s endemic bird facing extinction

    January 29, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – With less sighting for the past decade, West Papua’s endemic Waigeo brushturkey (Aepypodius Bruijinii) was inches away from being extinct, said an activist, recently, in Raja Ampat, Papua. The Maleo Waigeo, as locals would call it, was first identified in 1880 by Outstalet and has yet to be seen in its natural […]

  • Bandarlampung to expand its landfill capacity in 2015

    January 28, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Bandarlampung administration had planned to expand its landfill capacity in 2015 to solve its waste problem, said an official on Tuesday (27/1), in Bandarlampung, Lampung province. The Bakung landfill, located in Telukbetung of Bandarlampung, has been overwhelmed with 700 to 800 tons of waste per day which exceeds the capacity of the […]

  • REDD+ Agency and Climate Change National Council merged into the Ministry of Environment and Forestry

    January 28, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Though previously denied the rumor, Heru Prasetyo, head of Indonesia’s initiative to reduce emission from deforestation and degradation, known as REDD+ agency, confirmed that he had received letter from the president instructing on merging the agency into the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, on Wednesday (28/1), in Jakarta. The Presidential Regulation, known […]

  • Scientists develop rubber seeds for alternative energy in Palangkaraya

    January 27, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Scientists said on Monday (26/1) that they have succeeded to develop rubber tree seeds as alternative energy to fossil fuel, in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland (Cimtrop), of Palangkaraya University in cooperation with Netherlands’ University of Groningen (RUG) have launched their preliminary demonstration on […]

  • North Lampung police arrested five allegedly illegal loggers

    January 27, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – North Lampung police arrested five suspects for illegal logging during major patrol for the past week, said Aris Satrio, the police’s spokesperson adding that the bust was made based on a report from local people as they were worried on floods resulted from Wayrarem dam. The suspects are Karyanti, Sugimin, Gimin, Jamaludin, […]

  • Activist urged more patrols to protect Raja Ampat conservation area

    January 26, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – After recent confiscation of Vietnamese boat over Misool water areas of raja Ampat, Papua on last Monday, activist on Sunday (25/1) urged government to do more patrols on Indonesia’s eastern water areas in fight for illegal fishing. Lukas Rumetna, Birds Head Portfolio TNC Raja Ampat said that illegal fishing might occur again […]

  • Local initiative set up waste bank to save the environment

    January 24, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Started out from concerns over piled up waste in the beach of her neighborhood, Rini Oktaviani turned things around when she introduced waste bank to people of coastal area of South Panjang, Bandarlampung around four months ago. Rini, who is a housewife and a green activist, said that she had started out […]

  • Raja Ampat to have its forest mapped out digitally

    January 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – As digital map availability for forest area was still limited, Fauna Flora International or FFI held basic training to map out Raja Ampat forest area which already started on Wednesday (21/1). The workshop also involved local civil society and Raja Ampat Region 1 Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). “The mapping will not […]

  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry accepted Court ruling over its law

    January 23, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ministry of Environment and Forestry stated that it had respected Constitutional Court on granted the appeal on the 2009 Law on Environmental Protection and Management. “Ministry of Environment and Forestry accept and respect the Court decision and will make adjustment in the law to be able to implement the decision,” said Rosa […]

  • Constitutional Court granted appeal for environment law judicial review

    January 22, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s Constitutional Court had granted the appeal on the country’s Law on Environmental Protection and Management, on Wednesday (21/1), in Jakarta. The appeal was submitted by Bachtiar Abdul Fatah, former General Manager of Sumatra Light South on PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia, who was also convicted for bio remediation corruption case on the […]

  • Govt needs to protect biodiversity : Kehati Foundation

    January 21, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s local biodiversity food was threatened as a result from weak food security planning from government, said an activist in Jakarta, on Tuesday (20/1). MS Sembiring, executive director of Kehati Foundation, said plants such as sago, taro plant, and yam can be found in Papua and Maluku, tubers can be found in […]

  • Floods and landslides hit Lampung province

    January 19, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Heavy rains in Lampung province until Sunday (18/1) have inundated paddy fields, said a local villager. Puji, a local villager of Gading Rejo, Pringsewu district said that several paddy fields which have entered second planting season was flooded due to three hours of rains. “This is the first time we experiencing floods […]

  • One orangutan carcass found in Central Kalimantan

    January 17, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – An orangutan was found dead allegedly from a trap near Parigi village, Mendawai sub-district, Katingan district, Central Kalimantan, said an activist on Friday (16/1). “We have a report from friends on field that there was an orangutan got killed because of pig trap in a village,” said Mamun Ansori of Central […]

  • Manado floods caused by bad planning on water catchment areas : academicians

    January 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – After experiencing one of the worst flood for the past decade, academicians urged Manado government to issue an assessment and policy related to water catchment areas which would be able to retain water drastically ran through the city. Rignolda Djamaludin MS of Manado’s Sam Ratulangi province said that massive development in the […]

  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry arrested one man suspected in Riau illegal burning

    January 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ministry of Environment and Forestry arrested a man allegedly involved in forest fires, in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Wednesday (14/1). Mastur alias Asun, Director of PT Kurnia Subur, has been named as suspect along with his colleague, Darmalis alias Malis, for illegally burning 300 hectares of lands to prepare for oil palm plantation […]

  • MoMEF to map out peatlands within two years time, business can still go as usual

    January 15, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ministry of Environment and Forestry will be mapping out the country’s peatlands to determine its functions, whether for conservation or plantation, within two years time, said a senior official, on Wednesday (14/1), in Jakarta. “We [the ministry] already starting to identify and [conducting] inventory through satellite images to be accurate [on which […]

  • Polluted Bengawan Solo river disrupts its ecosystem

    January 13, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Solo, Ekuatorial – Polluted Bengawan Solo river of Central Java not only unsuitable for consumption, but it was also affecting its biodiversity, especially fishes, said a scientist, in Solo, Central Java, on Tuesday (13/1). Puguh Karyadi, a lecturer at Ecology Department of Solo’s Sebelas Maret University, said that the ecosystem of Bengawan Solo river watershed […]

  • Five killed and 25 injured as tree collapsed at Bogor Botanical Garden

    January 12, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Five killed and 25 injured as a tree collapsed during a group meeting at Bogor’s Botanical Gardens on Sunday (11/1). Four of the victims were killed on Sunday and the last victim, Rizki Nurmawan, died on Monday (12/1) due to head injuries. Meanwhile, seven people are still being treated at Red Cross […]

  • Thousands of people evacuated due to floods in Manado

    January 12, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Heavy rains with strong winds hit Manado city of North Sulawesi from Saturday to Sunday causing at least three thousands people leaving their flooded houses to safer places, said an official on Sunday (11/1). Based on Manado administration, floods affected Komo Luar sub-district with 221 families or 992 people, Pinaesaan sub-district with […]

  • North Sulawesi wildlife rescue center granted US$25,000 from US govt

    January 12, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – North Sulawesi’s wildlife rescue center had been granted a total of US$25,000 from US government for its effort on conservation and rehabilitation during 2014. The funding, equals to Rp 316 million, was also aimed to fight illegal wildlife in Indonesia, in cooperation with North Minahasa Natural Resources Conservation Agency and the police, […]

  • REDD+ agency chief denied merging with Ministry of Environment and Forestry

    January 09, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s head of forest conservation initiative dubbed as REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, Heru Prasetyo on Friday (9/1) denied rumors that the agency would be merged into Climate Change Control Directorate General under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. However, Prasetyo did confirm that he had met Minister […]

  • Walhi Aceh : Leuser is ‘for sale’ in carbon market

    January 08, 2015 clip Atjeh Post

    The situation is much different compare to then Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf. During his time, he said, government was led to climate change issues. Forced eviction of villagers living at Leuser National Park is blasted as new colonialism from the government as they had signed an agreement related to carbon which consequently pushing people out […]

  • MoMAF : Illegal fishing dropped 90 percent in Indonesia

    January 06, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti claimed that illegal fishing dropped to 90 percent at the end of 2014. “By the end of 2014, illegal fishing went down to 90 percent. We expect to be 100 percent for Indonesia’s fishermen sovereignty,” said Pudjiastuti at the 2014 Reflection and 2015 Outlook […]

  • More natural disasters in 2015, predicts Indonesia’s disaster agency

    January 03, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency, or BNPB, predicted that floods, landslides, drought, forest fires, and tornado, would most likely to happen again in 2015, said an official, on Tuesday (30/12). Based on BNPB record on 2014, 99 percent of disasters happened in Indonesia were related to weather changes or hydro-meteorological disasters. Dodi […]

  • Forest official in Lampung moving people out from its national park, peacefully

    January 02, 2015 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – As increasing population living surrounding protected forest areas, officials started to launch awareness campaigns for local people to move out from the forest, said an official, in Bandarlampung, Lampung province, recently. Based on Lampung Statistic Agency, the province’s population living near forest areas had risen significantly for the past ten years, from […]

  • Bad weather destroyed fishermen boats in Manado

    December 30, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – More than dozens of fishing boats heavily destroyed by rain and storm for the past two days, said a fisherman on Tuesday (30/12), in Manado, North Sulawesi. “There is a total of 30 fishing boats [being destroyed by rains and storms] but only seven were complete wreckage. We couldn’t do nothing as […]

  • Green activists call for government to stop criminalizing environment defenders

    December 30, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Green activists on Tuesday (29/12) called for the government to be serious to solve conflicts related to natural resources, including to stop criminalizing environment defenders. Bejoe Dewangga, director of Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) chapter Lampung, said that conflicts related to natural resources were linked to forest management gap in giving […]

  • Scientists : Climate change threaten Indonesia’s food security

    December 30, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Scientists on Monday (29/12) dubbed climate change as big threat for Indonesia’s food security as there were decreasing pollinators leading to declining plants productivity. “With three to nine percent natural pollinators decreasing can contribute to drastic decline of crops and plantation productivity. Even a research in US stated that pollination by bees […]

  • Eight provinces still experiencing power crisis

    December 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of abundant energy potentials, as much as 10,000 villages of eight provinces in Indonesia were still experiencing power crisis, said an activist recently. The eight provinces are Riau islands, Central Kalimantan, Gorontalo, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua. The latter is the lowest with 36.41 […]

  • Four villages in East Aceh isolated due to flood

    December 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    East Aceh, Ekuatorial – Four villages of East Aceh district were isolated due to floods caused by heavy rains for the past week, said a local villager recently. The four villages, — Tampo Bor village, Tampor Paloh village, Melidi village and Ranto Naru village –, are located at Simpang Jerning sub district of East Aceh, […]

  • Indonesia turns to marine to combat climate change

    December 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – As Indonesia step up its maritime resources, senior official for climate change negotiation said on Tuesday (23/12) that they will develop marine as renewable energy potential. “We have forgotten that 70 percent of Indonesia’s areas is ocean. Indonesia is a nation with a huge potential for renewable energy from marine sector. We […]

  • Floods hit 13 villages in Aceh Tamiang

    December 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Langsa, Ekuatorial – At least thirteen villages in Aceh Tamiang district were inundated by floods as heavy rains pouring down since last week. They were Suka Jadi and Terban of Karang Baru sub-district, Kampung Durian and Alur Manis of Ranto sub-district, Kampung Kota and Kota Lintang Bawah of Kota Kuala Simpang sub-district, Meneng Gini of […]

  • AMAN submitted maps of customary lands to REDD+ agency

    December 23, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago or AMAN submitted 517 maps of customary lands to ministry of environment and forestry hoping to speed up legalization of customary rights, said secretary general of AMAN, Abdon Nababan, on Monday (22/12), in Jakarta. “These maps are very important for indigenous people to be recognized. Land […]

  • Aceh Tamiang villagers learning organic farming

    December 20, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • Rhino footprints spotted in Central Kalimantan, says WWF

    December 19, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Muara Teweh, Ekuatorial – World Wide Fund (WWF) spotted rhino’s footprints in East Teweh sub-district, North Barito district of Central Kalimantan, said a researcher in Muara Teweh, on Wednesday (17/12). “Our camera trap manage to record not only footprints of elephants but also rhinos,” said Habraham, WWF researcher adding that video trap was installed in […]

  • Govt brushed off illegal mining report of Anak Krakatau mountain, saying it was for conservation

    December 19, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Local villager reported mining exploration causing damages on coastal ecosystem but met with cold respond from local authority in Sebesi island, Rajabasa sub-district, South Lampung province. Sofyan Raden Kemala, one of the island’s public figure, said that they had complained about barge owned by PT Lautan Persada Indonesia suspected to haul iron […]

  • Two villagers sentenced to jail in the latest Bangka island mining conflict

    December 18, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Two villagers of Kahuku, Bangka island were sentenced on Wednesday (17/12) to one year and ten month in prison resulted from years of on-going conflict between local people and iron ore mining company. Airmadidi District Court, presided by Nendi Rusnendi, sentenced Julianus Tuhema and Fandi Kaongan with one year and ten months […]

  • Eight sub-districts of Mount Lawu prone to landslides

    December 18, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Eight sub-districts of Karanganyar district, Solo, Central Java, were categorized as high prone to landslides, said an official, in Karanganyar, on Wednesday (17/12). The eight sub-districts, — Jatipuro, Jatiyoso, Tawangmangu, Matesih, Karangpandan, Ngargoyoso, Kerjo, and Jenawi –, were located at slopes of Mount Lawu. At least 65 people were killed because of […]

  • Aru Islands threatened by plantation

    December 18, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Amid massive marine awareness campaign by government, activists on Wednesday (17/12) blasted permit given by ministry of forestry to turn natural forest of Aru Islands of northern Papua to become plantation. “We already know that Aru [island] is not suitable for plantation but permits were being issued. It is possible that they […]

  • Watch out for these signs if you’re living in mountain areas

    December 16, 2014 clip Kabar Kota

    SLEMAN (kabarkota.com) – Civil engineering lecturer at Gadjah Mada University, Wahyu Wilopo, encouraged people living in the hills to increase their alertness especially when rain intensity reach 50 mm/hours or pouring down more than two hours. He said the condition was potentially for landslides to happen as occurred in Banjarnegara, Central Java, recently. “95 percent […]

  • Piled up garbage angered Bupati

    December 16, 2014 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Timika, Jubi – Mimika Bupati Entinus Omaleng, SE, was angry seeing piles of garbage at the street causing less favorable view. Omaleng’s wrath was seen as he drove towards Timika city roads which were filled with waste during his unannounced inspection, on Monday (15/12). “The officer definitely did not pick up this trash. In addition, […]

  • Sebelas Maret University developed flood early warning system

    December 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Solo, Ekuatorial – A team of research center for natural disaster of Sebelas Maret University on Tuesday (16/12) developed idea to built early warning system which can be accessed through text messaging, WhatsApp and android. Early warning system had already been installed in Bengawan solo river but it does not working properly. ” For instance, […]

  • BNPB : High vulnerability, yet people have low natural disasters preparedness

    December 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of living in areas vulnerable to landslides, people have low awareness on natural disasters, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman National Disaster Mitigation Agency, BNPB, in Jakarta, on Monday (16/12). Nugroho cited surveys, — 2006 survey by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in cooperation with UNESCO, 2012 Index on Preparedness by BNPB, […]

  • Update : 56 people killed and 52 were still missing in Banjarnegara landslide

    December 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – At least 56 people were killed and 52 people were still missing after landslide struck Jembung hamlet of Banjarnegara district last Friday, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for National Disaster Mitigation Agency or BNPB, on a text message, on Monday (15/12). After two days of heavy rains started on Wednesday and Thursday, […]

  • BNPB : Banjarnegara landslide caused by erosion

    December 15, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Official on Monday (15/12) stated that Banjarnegara landslide that struck last Friday (12/12) was caused by erosion. “Tegalele hill soil formation is an old volcanic sediment with thick solum [upper layers of a soil profile in which topsoil formation occurs] and it is weathering. In addition, that its slope is 60 to […]

  • Solo administration built retention basin and rubber dam to prevent floods

    December 15, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Solo, Ekuatorial – To anticipate massive floods, Solo administration had planned to built retention basin and rubber dam in the banks of Bengawan Solo river, said its Mayor, FX Hadi Rudyatmo, in Solo, Central Java, on Monday (15/12). “We will immediately develop embung (local term for retention basin) in Tirtonadi area and rubber dam in […]

  • Activists : Burning down ships will not give deterrent effect

    December 12, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s recent bold move to burn down illegal fishing vessels would not be enough to create deterrent effect, said an activist, in Jakarta, on Thursday (11/12). Riza Damanik of Indonesian Traditional Fishermen Commission (KNTI) said that burning down vessels would only punish operators, not foreign entrepreneurs or corporations which would bring more […]

  • European Union submitted ‘non-paper’ climate protocol draft

    December 11, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Lima, Ekuatorial – A few days left for UN Climate Change Conference, COP20, in Lima, Peru, most of participants have started to criticize that negotiation is moving too slow. Two days before the end of the conference, no deal has been reached for any proposals. At the press conference in Lima, Todd Stern, US Special […]

  • Forest police investigate orangutan shooting in Central Kalimantan

    December 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Special Responsive Police Forest Task Force of Central Kalimantan, known simply as SPORC, will be investigating on current killing of an adult female orangutan in plantation area located in Parenggean of Kotawaringin district, said its commander, Irwansyah, on Saturday (6/12). On Wednesday, a-20-year-old female orangutan was found in severe condition by […]

  • Study : 144 million of people displaced due to climate change

    December 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Lima, Ekuatorial – Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) data, an institution under Norwegian Refugee Council, predicted 144 million of people globally have been forced to move out due to disasters related to climate change impacts between 2008-12. Most of those forced displacements were caused by typhoon, storm, flood, erosion, and drought. Lead scientist of United […]

  • BMKG : Typhoon Hagupit alert for North Sulawesi

    December 08, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Manado Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics or BMKG warned impacts of Typhoon Hagupit for people living in North Sulawesi, including Manado, the capital city. “Rains and winds happening now in North Sulawesi province were caused by tropical cyclone phenomenon, Typhoon Hagupit affecting wind pattern in the province,” said Novria, an official of Manado […]

  • 40 gun shots killed orangutan in Central Kalimantan

    December 08, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – An adult female orangutan was found with two arms and legs broken but also 40 gun shots in her body, said a local activist, in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, on Thursday (4/12). “She came from Barunang Miri Estate or PT Surya Inti Sawit Kahuripan (SISK), a palm oil company which is […]

  • Bireuen farmers threatened to slaughter elephants

    December 06, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Farmer demanded Aceh government to deal with wild elephant of Peudada before they take matters into their own hands. Peudada farmers of Bireuen districts have threatened to kill wild elephants damaging their lands. They said they are forced to do it because the elephants are troubling. “If we kill this protected animal, don’t blame use […]

  • BKSDA face difficulties to reveal death of elephant in Aceh Jaya

    December 05, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and the police have difficulties investigating the death of 12 years old elephant. Head of Aceh BKSDA, Genma Suhefi Hasibuan, said the case of dead elephant in Aceh Jaya had already being investigated by authorities. “We have given the case to Aceh Jaya police for further investigation,” said Genman […]

  • Green activist push for forest and land rehabilitation

    December 05, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Ekuatorial, Jakarta – Green activist on Thursday (4/12) demanded land and forest rehabilitation program as ministry of environment and forestry’s priority as massive forest destruction happening in the country. “Indonesia’s forest destruction is very massive. Our forests are beat up,” said Togu Manurung, head of Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), in Jakarta, in a discussion. Manurung […]

  • Japan was blasted for its climate investment in Indonesia

    December 05, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Ekuatorial, Lima – Japan receives hard criticisms for including funding for coal-fueled power plant into Green Climate Fund (GCF) scheme. It had allegedly submit a proposal which include climate finance worth of one billion dollar (Rp 12 trillion) to GCF since 2009. The proposal had incorporated coal power plants projects. Coal is considered as biggest […]

  • Japan’s carbon market favorable but high investment for Indonesian companies

    December 04, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Lima, Ekuatorial – Japan offered Joint Crediting Mechanism as clean development mechanism. More simple, faster, however its investment level is still insufficient for companies. At COP 20, Lima Climate Conference, Japanese International Cooperation Agency or JICA re-introduced Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)/Bilateral Offset Credit Mechanism (BOCM), as alternative carbon market to current Clean Development Mechanims (CDM) […]

  • Rajabasa geothermal project starts construction phase

    December 03, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – After rejected by local villagers, geothermal power plant in Mount Rajabasa, South Lampung, has begun construction in early December, said Franky Tungka, Site Support Manager of PT Supreme Energy, a company focus on geothermal energy mostly working Sumatra island, recently. The first construction, Tungka said, was to built a dock which would […]

  • Nine companies earned Green Award from Ministry of Environment and Forestry

    December 03, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Nine companies received “Gold” from Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s assessment on companies towards environmental law, known simply as Proper, in Jakarta, on Tuesday (2/12). The nine companies are PT Badak NGL, PT Medco E&P Indonesia, PT Bukit Asam Persero tbk, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energi area Kamojang, PT Holcim Indonesia tbk area […]

  • Report : Indonesia is not vulnerable to climate change

    December 03, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Lima, Ekuatorial – Indonesia is not considered as prone to climate change as it listed in 63th from 179 countries, based on Global Climate Risk Index (GCRI) 2014, by Germanwatch, which was launched in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday (2/12). However, GCRI index, compiled between 1994 to 2003, revealed that Indonesia need to be more aware […]

  • UNFCCC : Four main issues to solve at Lima Climate Conference

    December 02, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Ekuatorial, Lima — Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres, said that this was an ambitious year for climate change, at the opening of the Lima Climate Conference, on Monday (1/12). Around 195 nations attended the 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) and the meeting of the Parties to the […]

  • Dealing with wild elephant, Cut Mutia CRU asked to return to protected areas

    December 02, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Atjeh Post – North Aceh district government was asked to bring Cut Mutia Conflict Respond Unit (CRU) back to Cut Mutia Elephant Conservation Center (ECC), said Irsadi Aristora, S.Hut, MH, director of Save Nature and Animals-Plants (SILFA) through a press release to ATJEHPOST.co, on Monday, 1 December 2014. “Legally, the area designated is the location […]

  • On behalf of food and energy resilience, new ways for land grabbing in Indonesia

    December 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Land grabbing in Indonesia has yet to decline in Indonesia as people used food and energy resilience as their reasons. Land grabbing are usually in the forms of eviction, unfair land trading, minimum compensation, and development. “Companies are opening lands and forests with different ways to grab people’s rights,” said Andik Hardiyanto, […]

  • Climate science and technology in Indonesia are still weak : official

    December 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ahead of Lima Climate Conference, official said that science and technology related to climate change in Indonesia was still limited. As a result, it had contributed to lack of adaptation and mitigation programs in the country. “Technology and science are extremely important in dealing with climate change. They will increase country’s vulnerability […]

  • Indonesia to push fund and emission commitment at Lima Climate Conference

    December 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Funding and emission commitments will be Indonesia’s two main agenda at the following UN climate conference, in Lima, Peru, this December, said officials recently. Rachmat Witoelar, chair of National Council on Climate Change or DNPI, said that previous conferences had promised US$ 100 billion (Rp 1,226 trillion) per year by developed countries […]

  • President Jokowi : Planting trees to solve sedimentation of Gajah Mungkur dam

    November 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Wonogiri, Ekuatorial – President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo opted planting trees over upstream areas rather than dredging Gajah Mungkur dam, in Wonogiri, Central Java. During his visit to the dam on Saturday (29/11), President Jokowi said that Gajah Mungkur dam has thick sedimentation, over six million cubic meters per year, caused by erosion. He argued that […]

  • Papua’s endangered green turtle gets protection from local people

    November 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Papua’s endangered green turtle is getting more protection as local people will implement legal sanctions to illegal poachers, said a local activist on Friday (28/11), in Papua. Ferdil Ballamu, chief of Papua Turtle Foundation, said green turtle, Chelonia Mydas, was considered as local dish of Piai island, Raja Ampat district of Papua, […]

  • MOEF : 71 percent out of 2000 companies comply to environment regulations

    November 28, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – More than quarter of 2,000 companies in Indonesia were indicated did not comply to environmental regulations, said a senior official in Jakarta, on Thursday (27/11). “Up to date, we recorded 71 percent out of 2,000 companies for Proper program has better compliance. Meanwhile, 29 percent do not obey regulations, said Karliansyah, deputy […]

  • DNPI : Adaptation urgent to tackle climate change related natural disasters

    November 25, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Around 80 percent of natural disasters in Indonesia caused by climate change which place adaptation efforts more crucial to tackle by government, said an official in Jakarta, on Tuesday (25/11). “There are two impacts [of climate change], which are direct impacts such as floods, droughts, landslides, and sea level rise. Meanwhile, indirect […]

  • Indonesia to submit forest data for the upcoming UN Climate Conference

    November 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Out of five main activities, Indonesia has only managed to submit two emission reduction activities for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Peru, Lima, said an official on Monday (24/11), in Jakarta. “We have just submitted two variables in the Forest Reference Emission Level or FREL, which are deforestation and forest […]

  • Father and son developed eco-pesticide changing conventional farming of East Aceh

    November 22, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    East Aceh, Ekuatorial – After five years of experiment, two farmers of East Aceh district developed environmentally friendly pesticide for their paddies establishing different way of farming. Jafar, 55 years old farmer of Seulemak Muda village of Nurussalam sub district, and his son of 25 years old, Agusnaini started out their experiment after most of […]

  • Raja Ampat Documentary released

    November 21, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Documentary film “Guardians of Raja Ampat” by world class cinematographers Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller hit premier WTC beach, Waisai, Raja Ampat, Papua, on Thursday (20/11). The movie followed stories of people which have contributed to change the face of Raja Ampat to become a better conservation area, aside for economical benefits. […]

  • Manado govt lack of socialization for disaster management

    November 21, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – Despite Manado was considered as prone to natural disaster, its government was still unprepared for safety measures, said a lecturer, in Manado, South Sulawesi, on Thursday (20/11). Professor Berty Sompie of Sam Ratulangi criticized on how city administration was lacking to socialize standard operating procedure or SOP for natural disaster to public. […]

  • Benoa Bay Reclamation : Challenge for Jokowi’s Maritime Country

    November 20, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has repeatedly stated for Indonesia to return as a strong maritime country, the sentiment was hailed positively by activists who are currently protesting against reclamation of Benoa Bay. “In relation to president’s inagural speech, we are hoping that [president] Jokowi can pay attention to what we are […]

  • Aceh young farmers opt for eco-agriculture method

    November 20, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Langsa, Ekuatorial – Eco-friendly agriculture practice, dubbed as System Rice Intensification (SRI), turned out to be more profitable than regular agricultural method, said a farmer in Langsa, on Monday (17/11). The SRI method is an eco-friendly agricultural practice which intensified land use and use organic products, especially for its fertilizers. This type of agriculture is […]

  • Atjeh Post : Aceh Governor not firm enough on mining moratorium

    November 18, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Based on GeRak Aceh study, Fernan said, 134 mining activity licenses (IUP) have already being given by bupati [head of district], must be reviewed in the following year. Aceh Anti-Corruption Movement Institution, or GeRak, criticized Aceh governor for not being firm implementing mining moratorium. GeRAK criticized that Aceh governor only interested in building his image […]

  • Scientist turns to flies for waste management

    November 17, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Flies often considered as source of disease can actually prove to be useful in waste management, said a scientist in Lampung, recently. Agus Pakpahan, a scientist at Bogor Agricultural Institutte, has been testing on Black Soldier Fly (hermetia illucens) for waste management for the past few months. Pakpahan said that with proper […]

  • REDD+ Agency : strong commitment for sustainable palm oil

    November 15, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – To achieve sustainable palm oil, government need to ensure transparency in production, certification, and permit, said an official in Jakarta, on Thursday (13/11). Heru Prasetyo, head of REDD+ agency said that legal framework and law enforcement, mapping out and capacity building for small farmers, and production intensification, were also needed to reach […]

  • Lecturer involved in Lampung ivory trade

    November 14, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Lampung officials caught red-handed an ivory collector in the middle of transaction on Monday (13/11), in Metro city, Lampung. From the suspect, Nawa Angkasa, investigators comprise of Lampung Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Rhino Protection Unit (RPU), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Way Kambas National Park, confiscated five units of ivory, each […]

  • Fermented drink waste polluting Sukoharjo wells

    November 12, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sukoharjo, Ekuatorial – As a result of careless waste disposal to Samin river of Sukoharjo, Solo, wells of Dukuh Pondok have been polluted leaving residents with dirty water and unfit for consumption, said an official, in Sukoharjo, on Tuesday (11/11). Suradji, head of Sukoharjo Environmental Agency, said that they have tested samples of Samin river […]

  • Tabloid Jubi : Central Government needs to be serious in managing Papua conservation area

    November 11, 2014 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Burmeso, Jubi – Papua Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) is having difficulties in managing and monitoring its vast conservation areas, as stated by head of technical division of Papua BBKSDA, Christian Mambor, in Burmeso, capital city of Mamberamo Raya, on Saturday (8/11). “Papua’s forest areas cover at least 31.5 million hectares or 24 percent of […]

  • Villagers relocated over mining activities

    November 11, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Manado, Ekuatorial – As much as 162 families of Ehe village, Bangka island, North Sulawesi, have approved mining activities in the region, meaning that they will soon be relocated to other region, said a villager, on Monday (10/11) “Around 95 percent have already sold their houses and lands to the company. It means that Ehe […]

  • Green activists committed zero deforestation for palm oil industry

    November 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Greenpeace Indonesia and Oil Palm Farmers Union committed on Wednesday (10/11) to achieve zero deforestation for palm oil industry, in Jakarta. “Greenpeace has been encouraging for zero deforestation in forestry sector meanwhile Oil Palm Farmers Union (SPKS) also have the same commitment. So, we just combine those commitments and set up a […]

  • REDD+ agency launched New Climate Economy

    November 07, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A new report launched on Friday (7/11) by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate aiming to highlight Indonesia’s emissions target for reducing 26 percent by 2020 and 41 percent by 2020 with international help, in Jakarta. Heru Prasetyo, head of REDD+ Agency, said that the report will be able to […]

  • NGOs recommended moratorium extention

    November 06, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Green activists recommended on Wednesday (5/11) to extend current forest moratorium at the meeting with Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, in her office, in Manggala Wanabakti, Jakarta. Longgena Ginting, chairman of Greenpeace Indonesia, said three things came up at the meeting, on forest and climate, on forest moratorium, and […]

  • People who Harvest Fogs

    November 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • Ramah Iklim Ya, Ramah Bisnis Juga Bisa

    October 31, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jangkung, Melengkung, juga Ramah dan Untung Jakarta, Ekuatorial—Gedung  ramah lingkungan mampu menghemat listrik, air, bahan baku, dan mengurangi emisi gas rumah kaca serta memajukan bisnis lokal, namun tetap nyaman dan menguntungkan. Dengan Peraturan Gubernur tahun 2012, Jakarta menjadi kota pertama di Asia Pasifik yang mewajibkan pembangunan gedung ramah lingkungan.   Selain tingginya yang 230 meter […]

  • Sorong official confiscated endangered pigeons

    October 30, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – More than 40 Victoria crowned pigeons were still waiting to be released from West Papua Natural Conservation Agency, said an official in Sorong, on Thursday (30/10). The endemic bird of Papua is listed as ‘vulnerable’ at the IUCN Red List and CITES Appendix II. Solu Batara, an official of West Papua Natural […]

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

    October 30, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • New Marine Minister targeted illegal fishing

    October 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – New Minister Marine and Fisheries Affairs, Susi Pudjiastuti, promised to optimize the country’s marine potential. “Indonesia’s marine wealth is enormous but have yet to be managed,” said Pudjiastuti in Jakarta, on Tuesday (28/10). Furthermore, she said that one of her concerns was dealing with illegal fishing and over fishing in Indonesia. “We […]

  • Fire care community established to protect Mount Merbabu National Park

    October 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Boyolali, Ekuatorial – Mount Merbabu National Park agency established a group of volunteers or known as fire care community to tackle forest fires in the area, said an official, in Boyolali, Central Java, on Monday (26/10). Mount Merbabu, stretched across Semarang, Magelang, and Boyolali districts, is a protected area of 5,725 hectares serve as conservation […]

  • Siti Nurbaya Bakar appointed as new Minister of Environment and Forestry

    October 27, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Siti Nurbaya Bakar, a politician from National Democratic Party has been selected to lead the newly-joint Ministry of Environment and Forestry, for the next five years. Her appointment was announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, on Sunday (26/10). Initially, speculation rose that Bakar would be assigned to Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry […]

  • Walhi: 93 Companies Suspected of Burning Forest

    October 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) claimed already has data and evidence of hotspots in 93 Palm Oil Large Private Estates (PBS) at 11 districts in Central Kalimantan. But they won’t publish those companies because now they are preparing class action lawsuit framework. “We have data and evidence, a photograph of […]

  • Walhi urges Jokowi to call off Environment and Forestry Ministries’ merger

    October 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ahead of announcing his new cabinet, green activist on Thursday (23/10) urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to call off merging environment and forestry ministry into one institution. On Thursday, President Jokowi requested to change names and merge several of his up-coming ministries to the House of Parliament (DPR), which include Public Works […]

  • One Map Policy not sufficient for Indonesia’s peatland, experts say

    October 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s one map policy was still not sufficient to cover the country’s vast peatland, said experts on Thursday (23/10), in Jakarta. “[The] One Map [policy] is made only to map out peat distribution in the country, but not its hydrological unit,” said Azwar Maas, peatland expert at the Gajah Mada University of […]

  • Green activist demanded revision over Indonesia’s newest peatland regulation

    October 23, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Only a month being issued, green activist on Thursday (23/10) demanded to revise government regulation on peatland fearing that it would just only bring more destruction. On Sept 16, then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono finally signed the-highly-anticipated Government Regulation (PP) on Peatland Protection and Management. However, green activists have been heavily protesting […]

  • Experts call for sustainable development in Indonesia

    October 22, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Experts on Wednesday (22/10) called for sustainability and environmental protection to ensure Indonesia’s development in the long run. “Forests should not be turned into oil palm [plantations] but what should be done is by adding more values into the forests, such as for its medicines, using science and technology. Not destroying forests,” […]

  • Indonesia to put moratorium on foreign researches to protect its biodiversity

    October 21, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Tackling biological materials theft or bio-piracy, Indonesia will force a moratorium on research, said a senior official in Jakarta, on Tuesday (21/10). Under Nagoya Protocol related to benefit sharing and traditional knowledge, signatories to the binding agreement such as Indonesia are made possible to limit access on their biodiversity richness. “We [environment […]

  • Sorong of West Papua turn to waste bank to save its ocean

    October 21, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – To stop littering the ocean, civil societies working with Sorong sanitation agency developed waste bank in the city, said a green activist, in Sorong, Papua, on Tuesday (22/10). Sorong waste bank was triggered by foreign tourists concerned by plastics were seen dumped into the sea. This prompted local NGOs Misool Baseftin Foundation […]

  • Trash left behind from celebrating Jokowi-JK inauguration

    October 20, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Amid euphoria, tens of thousands people gathered to celebrate presidential inauguration left behind wastes, especially plastic, at Jakarta’s National Monument, on Monday (20/10). Since morning, people have been flooding main areas, starting from National Monument, Thamrin, Sudirman, to Hotel Indonesia round to celebrate Indonesia’s seventh president and vice president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo […]

  • President Jokowi : Return to Indonesia’s maritime strength

    October 20, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Apart from underlining ‘work, work, and work’ on his first state speech, Indonesia’s seventh president Joko Widodo calling for more attention on maritime issues as the country’s initial power. “We have to work very hard to return Indonesia’s [place] as a maritime country. Oceans, seas, straits, and bays are the future of […]

  • After inauguration, Jokowi’s green commitment will be put to the test

    October 18, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A few days before his inauguration as Indonesia’s seventh president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made an ‘international debut’ being the cover of Time magazine on its 27th of October issue. The title that accompanies his close-up cover was “A New Hope: Indonesian President Joko Widodo Is A Force For Democracy”. The cover then […]

  • 14 promises to keep under Jokowi-JK administration

    October 18, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of less coverage during their presidential campaigns, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf “JK” Kalla have incorporated environmental issues in their vision and mission document. Below is the list extracted from the document: First, establish a permanent policy based on the notion that the country is on the verge of humanity crisis […]

  • Decline forest areas trigger man-elephant conflict in Lampung

    October 17, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    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 […]

  • SIEJ held geojournalism workshop for journalists in Riau

    October 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Pekanbaru, Ekuatorial – Around 18 Indonesian journalists attended a workshop on geojournalism, held by Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalist (SIEJ), in Tesso Nilo National Park, in Pelalawan, Riau. The workshop, dubbed with “Digital Data Processing in Forestry Sector, will run from Oct 16 to 19. Its aim is to provide more knowledge for journalists, who […]

  • Losing food, thousands of apes stormed out of Mount Merapi

    October 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Klaten, Ekuatorial – Thousands of apes were seen storming out from Mount Merapi, in Central Java, allegedly caused by long dry season, said a local villager on Wednesday (15/10). “These apes are considered very unique because they rarely leaving the mountain, unless it’s a critical situation,” said Djemakir, head of Sidorejo village, Klaten, Central Java. […]

  • Rivers gone dry, villagers facing difficulties to get basic needs in Central Kalimantan

    October 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sampit, Ekuatorial – As rivers dried up due to long dry season, local villagers in Central Kalimantan were facing difficulties to get their basic necessities, said a villager recently. The condition hit hardest for Mentaya river in Antang Kalang village of East Kotawaringin district, Samba river in Marikit and Katingan Hulu of Katingan district, and […]

  • Bandarlampung dodge water crisis through biopores, says activist

    October 15, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Dealing with water scarcity, researchers with civil society in Lampung province pushing local people to implement biopores program, said an activist in Bandarlampung, on Tuesday (14/10). Biopores, or Biopori in Indonesian are small holes drilled into the ground, at least one meter deep, which would be able to absorb water into the […]

  • Jokowi announced four strategies to save the environment

    October 14, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A few days before his inauguration, President-elect Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo announced four priority strategies to protect Indonesia’s natural resources and environment. The keynote speech delivered by Anies Baswedan, his former spokesman during presidential election race, at a national conference held by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment or Walhi, in Jakarta, on […]

  • Riau government failed to protect their forests, audit says

    October 13, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Not only seventeen companies in Riau were found incapable of preventing forest fires, the audit also revealed that local governments have failed to protect their areas, said Bambang Hero Saharjo, chief of the National Joint Team on Company Compliance, on a press conference on Friday (10/10). The team had just released an […]

  • Heat strikes Sorong of West Papua

    October 13, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sorong, Ekuatorial – Temperature rising has led to clean water scarcity in Sorong of West Papua, an area considered to have never experienced dry season. The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BKMG) recorded the temperature in Sorong increasing significantly for the past ten years in the same month. “Based on the data, there’s an increase […]

  • No oil palm companies involved in Central Kalimantan forest fires, says offical

    October 11, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Despite of arresting hundred of suspects, Central Kalimantan Police has yet to find involvement from oil palm companies over recent forest fires, said an official on Friday (10/10), in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan. Up to date, the police had named 110 suspects from 14 districts over forest fires but none of […]

  • 17 companies in Riau failed in preventing forest fires, an audit reveals

    October 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — A national joint team announced that 17 companies in Riau did not comply to regulations causing massive forest and land fires, in Jakarta, on Friday (10/10). The National Joint Team on Company Compliance conducted an audit towards six districts/cities, — Bengkalis, Siak, Indragiri Hilir, Dumai city, Rokan Hilir, Meranti islands — and […]

  • 52 percent world’s biodiversity loss, Indonesia needs to make changes

    October 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – As world’s biodiversity decline sharply for the past forty years, Indonesia needed to change its production and consumption patterns to avoid further environmental destruction, said CEO WWF-Indonesia Efransjah, in Jakarta, on Friday (10/10). Talking at the WWF Living Planet Report 2014 Launching, Efransjah said that Indonesia has become too ambitious to become […]

  • Central Kalimantan Police declared 110 suspects over forest and land fires

    October 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Central Kalimantan police announced 110 suspects over forest and land fires on Friday (10/10), in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan. “More than 100 suspects over land fires have been detained. They are still undergoing legal process, either for crime and civil [charges],” said Central Kalimantan Police Chief Bambang Hermanu adding that 106 […]

  • Walhi filed a judicial review on Aceh’s spatial planning law

    October 09, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesian Forum for the Environment or Walhi filed a judicial review on Aceh’s spatial planning law to the Supreme Court, on Thursday (9/10), in Jakarta. “We have filed [the judicial review] to the Supreme Court at 11am. It is an effort to save Aceh’s environment from massive extractive development and destructive investment,” […]

  • Indonesia’s development goes green in five years time, says official

    October 07, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial — Despite of recent development, senior official said that Indonesia would be able to include environmental awareness within five years time. The statement issued by Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development (UKP4), at a discussion on infrastructure in Jakarta, Tuesday (7/10). Mangkusubroto said that infrastructure […]

  • 1,000 residents relocated to make way for Jakarta Giant Sea Wall project

    October 07, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said on Tuesday (7/10) that the city administration will be relocating as much as 1,000 residents living in the eastern part of Pluit Dam, North Jakarta. “The relocation must be finished at least by the end of this year as we will start the Giant […]

  • Thirty springs dried up, villagers in Mount Lawu face water crisis

    October 07, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Due to long dry season, water discharge in thirty springs in Mount Lawu, Central Java, have been decreasing, said an official on Monday (6/10), in Karanganyar district, Central Java. “This is the first time for water discharges in 30 springs in Mount Lawu are decreasing. [I find it] very ridiculous for water […]

  • Degorontalo : Local villagers of Pohuwato prefer fish farming to protect its mangrove

    October 03, 2014 clip Degorontalo

    DEGORONTALO – Last July, Paddakauang Environmental Awareness Community (KSL) of Pohuwato district, Gorontalo province, conducted a training for local fishermen, particularly on coral reef fish farming. Members of two villages, Torosiaje Jaya and Bumi Bahari, were divided into five groups. Each groups comprise of five men who were given 100 fish seeds by KSL. There […]

  • Only seven districts have acknowledged customary forest

    October 03, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite supported by Constitutional Court, there were only seven districts have acknowledged customary forests through their regional regulation, said activists in Jakarta, on Thursday (2/10). The 2012 Constitutional Court, popularly known as MK35, had granted judicial review by activists to scratch the word ‘state’ in the customary forest definition. Activists argued that […]

  • Customary forest will bring more benefit for Indonesia

    October 02, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – More benefit would come from customary forests establishment in Indonesia, said an activist in Jakarta on Thursday (2/10). “First, [it is] to settle the constitutional debt made by the state. The right over customary right is a constitutional right which has been denied by the state for more than 47 years,” said […]

  • Officials shut down illegal mining in Mount Lawu

    October 02, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Amid strong rejections from local villagers, officials on Tuesday (2/10) finally shutting down illegal mining in Karanganyar district, Central Java. On Sunday, local villagers have complained on mining activities in the slopes of Mount Lawu, especially to extract sands. They feared that the activities might trigger landslides and flash floods which will […]

  • Mining brought destruction rather than benefit for Central Sulawesi

    October 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palu, Ekuatorial – If Riau province was ‘famous’ for its smoke, then Donggala district of Central Sulawesi was known for its dust. The statement came from Muhammad Subarkah, an activist of Sulawesi Community Foundation (SCF), to describe massive nature destruction over mining companies in the district. Subarkah slammed on mining industries for producing dusts polluting […]

  • Massive encroachment pushing orangutan Kalimantan to the ocean

    October 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Pangkalanbun, Ekuatorial – Thousands of orangutans in Tanjung Putting National Park of Central Kalimantan were being pushed to the oceans as their habitat constantly encroached and deforested by oil palm plantations and mining industries, said an activist on last Thursday (25/9). “[We are facing] boundaries issues as the National Park covered 415,040 hectares of which […]

  • Ministry of Forestry under fire for lack of transparency

    October 01, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta , Ekuatorial – Green activists on Tuesday (30/9) criticized Ministry of Forestry for its lack transparency on information for public. Based on Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) data, Ministry of Forestry only received 17 requests for information in 2013. The number increased to 62 requests between January to August 2014. However, the ministry had only […]

  • Yogyakarta mapped out dry-season-affected areas

    September 30, 2014 clip Kabar Kota

    Yogyakarta, Kabarkota.com – The Yogyakarta Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) mapped out 24 sub-districts affected with water crisis as the result of drought. Head of the agency Gatot Saptadi said that 24 sub-districts comprised of 15 sub-districts in Gunung Kidul, four sub-districts in Bantul, four sub-districts in Kulon Progo and one in Sleman. “For Yogjakarta, […]

  • Burning Barns and Growing Barns

    September 30, 2014

    Providing open access to conservation areas for communities could reduce land conflicts, increase people’s welfare, and protect the environment. It has been proven by the ability of indigenous people to manage the sustainability of their forests and seas. Sorong, Ekuatorial – Enos Sakaipelly stared at the water rushing in and out beneath the pier of […]

  • Illegal Mining in Mount Lawu threatened local villagers

    September 29, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Karanganyar, Ekuatorial – Despite of protests from local villagers, illegal mining in Karanganyar district, Central Java were getting worse threatening not only their lives but also their homes, said a villager on Sunday (29/9). Located in the slopes of Mount Lawu, illegal miners have been plainly dispatching heavy machineries to extract sands. These miners, comprise […]

  • Mining moratorium for Donggala, says official

    September 27, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Donggala, Ekuatorial – Massive environmental destruction and heavy pressures from green activists prompted official of Donggala district, Central Sulawesi, to impose mining moratorium. “We are giving a month time, from Aug 21 to Sept 21, to all miners to immediately complete their permits and other related requirements,” said Syamsul Alam, head of Donggala Energy and […]

  • Sultra News : Kendari bay in critical condition

    September 26, 2014 clip Sultra News

    More than 90 million tons of sludge piled up threatened Kendari bay of Southeast Sulawesi, says a scientist on a ,recent discussion held in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Without proper treatment, the sludge will lead to sedimentation of the bay and destroy its ecosystem. Ecologist La Ode Alwi of Haluoleo Kendari University said that there should […]

  • Not only humans, orangutans affected by forest fires in Kalimantan

    September 26, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Thick smog resulted from massive forest fires in Central Kalimantan not only affecting human health but also endangered species, particularly orangutan, said an activist on Wednesday (24/9). Monterado Fridman, Coordinator of Communication Division, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) in Nyaru Menteng, said that there were at least 20 orangutans suffered acute […]

  • REDD+ is valuable yet forest fires still ravaging Indonesia

    September 25, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that Indonesia’s forest conservation project, or mostly known as REDD+, has proven to be a valuable modality in the efforts to address deforestation and forest degradation. The statement was delivered at the Indonesia’s REDD+ Forum on Wednesday (24/9) in conjunction with the 69th session of the United […]

  • President Yudhoyono called for international cooperation to combat climate change

    September 25, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, called on multilateral cooperation among countries to tackle climate change issues on his official speech at the United Nations Climate Summit 2014, in New York, Tuesday (23/9). “On multilateral cooperation, I believe that we need to redouble our efforts to conclude a new legally binding agreement for […]

  • Kiluan Bay dolphins threatened by blast fishing

    September 24, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bandar Lampung, Ekuatorial – Tempted to earn more money, Hendri Oktavia used bombs to catch fish. “It is a lot faster and [I was catching] a lot of fish,” said the-34-year old fishermen to Ekuatorial.com last week. Oktavia, who usually operates in Kiluan Bay, said he could catch at least 200 kilograms of fish using […]

  • Government dig up volcanic covered spring for clean water in Klaten

    September 23, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Klaten, Ekuatorial – Emergency status over 34 villagers in Klaten, Central Java, prompted local aid disaster agency to dig up spring which had been covered by volcanic material resulted from the 2010 Mount Merapi erupsion. Sri Winoto, head of Klaten Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), said that the Bebeng spring, located in Glagaharjo village, Cangkringan […]

  • Jakarta to evaluate giant sea wall development

    September 22, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – DKI Jakarta government would evaluated its planning to cooperate with South Korea to construct its great sea wall project, said a senior official on Monday (22/9), in Jakarta. The decision came after DKI Jakarta Deputy Governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, visited Saemangeum Sea Wall, the world’s longest man-dyke, in South Korea, last […]

  • Police take action on forest fires fighting in Sumatra and Kalimantan

    September 19, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – To accelerate on recent forest fires fighting mostly in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the police will be encouraged to take action ‘beyond law enforcement’, said a senior official on Friday (19/9), in Jakarta. Seven police heads from provinces prone to land and forest fires, — Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, […]

  • Water scarcity hit dry-season-affected-districts in Central java

    September 19, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Sragen/Boyolali, Ekuatorial – Dried up springs due to long dry season had forced most of Sragen villagers to consume dirty water, said a villager on Friday (19/9). Danuri of Dukuh village, Tangen sub-district, Sragen district, Central Java, said that they have been using water from ponds which was not clean. “Our wells were all dried […]

  • Normal dry season this year for Indonesia

    September 17, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Though some regions have been struck by drought, National Disaster Mitigation Agency or BNPB said on Wednesday (17/9) that this year’s long dry season was still manageable for local governments. “Local governments are still able to deal with drought in their regions by deploying water tanks, water pumps, and distribute clean water […]

  • More planes needed to put out Sumatra and Kalimantan forest fires

    September 17, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Due to limited water bombing aircrafts, efforts to tackle forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan has yet to be optimal, said an official on Wednesday (17/9), in Jakarta. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency or BNPB has deployed nine water bombing helicopters, — Kamov, Sikorsky, MI-8, and Bolco –, in Riau, Jambi, South […]

  • After haze agreement, straight to implementation : expert

    September 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – After finally ratified cross-border haze agreement, expert said government should be working on implementation rather than caught up in more bureaucracy to tackle forest fires in Indonesia. Indonesia had officially ratified the ASEAN agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution after the House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on Tuesday (16/9). It took […]

  • Indonesia ratified cross-border haze pollution agreement

    September 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta – Ekuatorial. The Indonesian House of Representatives finally agreed to pass cross-border haze agreement bill on Tuesday (16/9) marking a new phase to deal with the country’s yearly forest and land fires. In 2002, Indonesia along with other nine countries signed the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, it […]

  • 40 hectares peats burned down in Sebangau National Park

    September 16, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Nearly forty hectares of areas burned down at Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan, an official said on Tuesday (16/9). Nandang Prihadi, Head of Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Agency, said that fires ravaging Bangah village, Pulang Pisau sub district, were the hardest to extinguish even with the help of forest fires […]

  • Government speed up forest management implementation

    September 15, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – With one month left in office, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration is speeding up its forest management efforts which include permits issuance, boundaries settlement, and land ownerships. These are several major themes will be discussed in the two days meeting set up by President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) […]

  • More economic sanctions for corporate crimes, expert says

    September 15, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – After a disappointing verdict on Malaysian company over forest fires in Riau, law expert said on Monday (15/9) there should be different approach to punish crimes done by corporations, mainly targeting on their business profits instead of seeking mere compensation or prison time. “Companies are institutions seeking for profits. And, to have […]

  • Forest fires take its toll on human health in Central Kalimantan

    September 15, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – Thick smog resulted from extensive forest fires has increased numbers of patients with acute respiratory infections in Central Kalimantan, said a senior official recently. Endang Sri Lestari Pujiastuti, Head of Health Control Agency of Central Kalimantan, said that there were already 56 patients with acute respiratory infections in Palangka Raya from […]

  • Dry season trigger forest fires in Indonesia

    September 11, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Dry season started in August has led to increasing forest fires, especially in Riau and Kalimantan provinces, said a senior scientist on Thursday, in Jakarta. “This year’s dry season came a bit late, in August. [However] it will be short [dry season] as October will start to rain,” said Edvin Aldrian, Head […]

  • Indonesian scientists developed carbon storage technology

    September 11, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Bogor, Ekuatorial – Indonesian scientists were testing out technology to absorb carbon dioxide back into the earth as part of climate change mitigation programs, said a senior scientist, on Thursday, in Bogor. Scientists of Geotechnology Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), have been testing carbonation technology to absorb carbon dioxide at limestone mound in […]

  • Indonesia to abandon ozone-depleting chemicals by 2015 : Ministry of Environment

    September 10, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia targeted manufacturing, refrigerant, and air cooling industries to abandon ozone depleting chemicals and shift to environmentally friendly substance by 2015, said a senior official in Jakarta, on Wednesday (10/9). After signing the Montreal Protocol in 2007, Indonesia is required to reduce ozone-depleting chemicals including hydrochlorofuorocarbon (HCFC) mostly used in refrigerants and […]

  • Composting to prevent forest fires in West Lampung

    September 10, 2014

    Bandar Lampung, Ekuatorial – Instead of land clearing and burning, composting and charcoal can be made as alternatives to increase production but also prevent forest fires, said an official on Wednesday (10/9), in Lampung. “We have been giving trainings on how to prevent forest fires to farmers in Sukapura village, Sumber Jaya of West Lampung […]

  • Forest fires threaten Sebangau National Park of Central Kalimantan

    September 10, 2014

    Palangka Raya, Ekuatorial – After burning villagers’ houses, fires were getting closer to Sebangau National Park of Central Kalimantan on Wednesday (10/9) putting Indonesia’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation at risk. Sebangau National Park holds a pivotal role for Central Kalimantan as a pilot project province for reducing emissions from deforestation and […]

  • The Little Counselor from the Savanna

    September 10, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    The story of a village that was hit by drought, disease, and water difficulty, turned into a healthy village with abundant clean water. Water has made them achieve many things. Surprisingly, who became pioneer are children. The rainy season should have been passed in Lembata and the sun shining properly burns the skin. But Dikesare, […]

  • Accurate mappings support REDD+ programs in Indonesia

    September 09, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Lack of accurate mappings on lands and oceans had triggered conflicts in the country, said a senior official on Tuesday (9/9), in Jakarta. Geospatial information is crucial to determine forest area stipulation, set up boundaries, spatial planning, legal certainty on land ownership, disaster risk reduction, even to observe earth’s changes. Unfortunately, only […]

  • Southeast Sulawesi police confiscated 250 illegal teak logs

    September 09, 2014 clip Sultra News

    Southeast Sulawesi police confiscated 250 illegal teak logs on Tuesday (9/8) after the truck driver failed to show legal documents. The driver, who was named as a suspect, was arrested at an industrial forest area located in Matabubu Jaya village, Konsel district, Southeast Sulawesi. Read full article on sultranews.com

  • Failed to pay royalties, Bombana government reported mining companies to anti-corruption commission

    September 09, 2014 clip Sultra News

    Nearly all mining companies in Bombana district of Southeast Sulawesi failed to pay royalties prompted local government to report them to the Corruption Eradication Commission, or known simply as KPK. Currently, there are 89 mining companies with legal permits operating in the district. However, head of Bombana Mining and Energy Agency, Yusuf Lara, said that […]

  • Male elephant dead in Aceh Jaya

    September 08, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Male elephant found dead with tusks have been removed in Pangong village, Aceh Jaya, on Sunday (6/8). The case added a long list of elephant killings in the province. Nearly 20 elephants killed for the past two years, 14 elephants in 2012 and five elephants in 2013. Meanwhile, Aceh conservation agency, known as BKSDA, predicted […]

  • Only two days apart, two Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh

    September 08, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Two more elephants found dead without tusks and heads in Jambo Reuhat village, East Aceh, on Monday (8/9). Officials were startled by the findings as only two days before they have found a male elephant carcass in Krueng Sabee, Aceh Jaya. Teams have been sent out for further investigation. Read full article on Atjehpost.co.

  • Officials dispatched team to investigate Sumatran elephant death

    September 08, 2014 clip Atjeh Post

    Aceh officials dispatched forensic teams on Monday to investigate elephant’s death in Krueng Sabee, Aceh Jaya district, Aceh province. Villagers discovered a male elephant carcass in the Sungai Cengkeh forest areas, located in Pangong village, Aceh Jaya, on last Saturday (6/8). Idrus, a local villager, said that the 20-year-old elephant might have been dead for […]

  • Tulamben facing degradation over too many divers, scientist says

    September 06, 2014

    Bali, Ekuatorial – Lack of control and infrastructure, Tulamben diving site may face environmental destruction in not so distant future, said a scientist on Friday (29/8), in Bali. Tulamben, a small fishing village located in the north-east coast of Bali, has been a favorite diving site for divers who are eager to explore the wreckage […]

  • Forest management reform: a little reminder for elected Indonesian president, Jokowi

    September 04, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Amidst Indonesian inauguration in October, green group reminded elected president, Joko Widodo, on his promise for a better forest management during his campaigns. Chalid Muhammad, chair of Society for Community-Based Legal Form and Ecological, known also as HuMa, said that three main issues related to forest management in Indonesia. “First, natural resources […]

  • Indonesia and China sign memorandum of understanding on wildlife trading

    September 04, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia and China signed on a memorandum of understanding to increase their cooperation in wildlife trading, said a senior official in Jakarta. As a country with diverse biodiversity, Indonesia is known as one of the largest exporter of plants and animals. Meanwhile, China is the largest importer for these wildlife. “We have […]

  • Government of North Buton Provide 10 Thousand Hectares of Sugarcane Plantation

    September 03, 2014

    The Government of North Buton District prepared 10 thousand hectares of land for sugarcane plantations in the District of West Kulisusu, Bonegunu and partly Kulisusu. The land comes from the community garden, otheh area usage (APL) and convertible production forest (HPL). “The entire site has been prepared and met the requirements, even when the community […]

  • Ministry of Environment upgrade its clean city award category

    September 03, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – The Ministry of Environment promised to revitalized its clean city awards following criticisms on the low credibility of the program, said a senior official. The clean city award, dubbed as Adipura award which was launched since 1986, is under heavy criticisms for being not truly reflecting the cities’ performance on environment and […]

  • WALHI Will Sue Aceh Goverment

    September 02, 2014

    Director of WALHI in Aceh, Muhammad Nur firmly said that WALHI will sue the Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah because they don’t run the law No. 18 year 2013 about the Prevention and Eradication of Forest Destruction. “The illegal miners freely use protected areas, other cases of road infrastructure development in the protected forest areas has […]

  • Nine Indonesian Ministries declared support for indigenous people through REDD+

    September 01, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Nine ministries and institutions officially declared their support for indigenous people’s recognition and protection, in Jakarta, on Monday (1/9). The National Programme for the Recognition and Protection of Customary Communities through REDD+ (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest and Peat-land Degradation) was launched in the present of Indonesia’s Vice President, Boediono. […]

  • Thousands of traditional Aceh miners slammed the governor for gold mining ban

    September 01, 2014

    Thousands of miners of Pidie District staged a protest refusing gold mining sites shut down by Aceh governor Zaini Abdullah, on Saturday (30/8). Traditional miners coming from Tangse, Mane, and Geumpang sub districts insisted that that their activities have nothing to do with recent fish deaths in several Aceh rivers. In addition, they demanded for […]

  • Ministry of Environment upgrade its clean city award category

    August 30, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – The Ministry of Environment promised to revitalized its clean city awards following criticisms on the low credibility of the program, said a senior official. The clean city award, dubbed as Adipura award which was launched since 1986, is under heavy criticisms for being not truly reflecting the cities’ performance on environment and […]

  • The Mayor Of Gorontalo Learn To Manage Waste In Kendari

    August 29, 2014

    Gorontalo Mayor Marten A. Taha learn to manage waste in Kendari. According to him, the Government of Kendari was successful in manage waste and get Adipura Kencana Trophies. Gorontalo mayor hopes, the study of waste management in Kendari, he is able to regain the Adipura trophy as it had been obtained in 2004, 2005, 2006 […]

  • Climate Change and Health (III)

    August 28, 2014

    Being breeding grounds for mosquitoes infected malaria and dengue fever, Ternate and Cimahi started to act up against these diseases. Besides fogging program, Ternate Health Agency also initiated a free-give-away nets program for citizens to be installed in their house ventilation with the hope to clear away mosquitoes. In addition to the net program and […]

  • Disease and Climate a New ‘Partner in Crime’

    August 28, 2014

    Even with smile on his face and the agility of an eleven year old, Syahrul can never be too tired or symptoms of malaria can recur. Syahrul’s father, Alim, said that his son has malaria relapsed for seven times if he got too tired. Ekuatorial, Ternate – Although Alim said that his house was clean […]

  • Silent Invasion to the Highland

    August 28, 2014

    Malaria and dengue mosquitoes propagate quickly to the highland, which is almost impossible to find a decade ago. Global warming triggered the epidemic. Ekuatorial, Ternate and Cimahi – Until now, malaria and dengue fever still become a pandemic in various tropical countries. Indonesian Health Ministry also said cases of malaria in Indonesia is still high, […]

  • Coral Finder Able to Identify 80 Corals Genus

    August 28, 2014

    Bali, Ekuatorial – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries noted, Indonesia has extensive coral reefs about 51.000 km2 or 18% of the total area of the coral reefs in the world. Unfortunately during the last 50 years, the decline in the quality of Indonesia’s coral reefs has increased from 10% to 50% based on […]

  • Mining In Central Aceh Is Already Stop

    August 28, 2014

    Mining and Energy Section Head from Department of Mines and Energy Central Aceh, Husnawati said that in Central Aceh the region has not mines. So far there are only two major companies. “In the past there are many large companies in Central Aceh, but they had to stop and get out of the Central Aceh […]

  • South Barito appointed as customary forest mapping pilot project

    August 27, 2014 clip Ekuatorial

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – South Barito of Central Kalimantan has been appointed as the first pilot project for forest recognition project by third party aimed to manage the province’s overlapping permit issuance, said a member of government’s office, in Jakarta, last month. The Third Party Recognition and Verification Program, locally shorten as PPH, is conducted by […]

  • Only 0,6 Percent Of Peatland Are Used In Papua

    August 27, 2014 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Although Papua has a peatland area about ​​3.2 million hectares from 14.9 million hectares in Indonesia, but only 0.6 percent were used now. “It means that only 600 thousand hectares of peatland were used now. Papua are still safe, Now we have to finds out how we manage the peatland for the welfare, but not […]

  • BIG Launched Participatory Mapping Application

    August 27, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Geospatial Information Agency in Jakarta, yesterday (25/8) launched the participatory mapping application. The application is designed with a very user-friendly interface, it is expected to invite community participation independently. “Geospatial Information Agency encourages public participation to independently map out their environments, “said Asep Karsidi, Head of Geospatial Information Agency (BIG). Elements that […]

  • 80 Percent of Potential Mine In Center Aceh Located In The Forest

    August 27, 2014

    Field to Forest Protection, Forest Service Central Aceh, Zulfan, said, 80 percent of the potential of mining in the district was in the forest. “If the mine area were all in the woods, this is very dangerous and can have an impact on society and the environment if not managed properly,” said Zulfan. Read full […]

  • Wind Power Station Project In Bantul Yet Completed Negotiation

    August 26, 2014

    The process of negotiating the purchase price of Wind Power Station (PLTB) that planned to be built along the south coast of Bantul end of this year seems to have not met the meeting point. Both sides between the Bantul district government as energy provider with the State Electricity Company (PLN) as the manager of […]

  • Negotiation Project PLTB In Bantul Haven’t Meet A Rally Point Yet

    August 26, 2014

    The process of negotiating the purchase price of Wind Electric Energy Power Station that has been planned to be built along the south coast of Bantul end of this year seems to have not met the meeting point. Both sides between the district government of Bantul as energy provider with the State Electricity Company as […]

  • Aceh Government Is Difficult To Regulate Illegal Mining

    August 26, 2014

    Theres so many illegal mining in Aceh, make the goverment difficult to regulate it. Aceh Jaya district, South Aceh, and Pidie is the region most illegal mining. Aceh Government has issued several policies to stopping the illegal mining immediately. Read full text on Acehterkini.

  • Kendari Bay In The Grip Of Mafia Land

    August 25, 2014

    The practice of land mafia is alleged to have made ​​a loss of most of the area in Kendari bay area. On the south side of the bay Kendari for example, the area that was once filled with mangrove is now displaced and become a ponds and construction of buildings. Read full text on Suarakendari.

  • Although Sued, Ciliwung Concretisation Project Continues

    August 22, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Considered damaging the environment and not having the AMDAL or Environmental Impact Assessment, Condet Ciliwung Community (Komunitas Ciliwung Condet / KCC) sued the Ciliwung Concretisation Project to State Administrative Court, in Jakarta. Condet Ciliwung Community (KCC) sued the Jakarta Governor’s Decree No. 365 by 2014, Joko Widodo about determination of the location […]

  • Aceh Government Will Rehabilitate Tripa Swamp

    August 21, 2014

    Head of the Aceh Forest Service, Husaini Syamaun expressly said in the directives of the Aceh Governor, the status of Tripa Swamp which has been damaged will be rehabilitated. “While the remaining forest will be maintained,” said Husaini. Read full text on Acehterkini.

  • Aceh Governor Held A Coffee Morning With Environmental Activists

    August 20, 2014

    Aceh Governor Dr. Zaini Abdullah held a coffee morning with environmental activists from several Non Governmental Organization (NGO). In that occasion, to the NGO activists, Zaini Abdullah explains a few things related to illegal mining. “Regarding Illegal Mining, this time we’ve made the moratorium, especially iron ore, gold and others. The governor also said that […]

  • There Are Hundreds Hotspot In Riau And Kalimantan

    August 20, 2014

    Sawit Watch detailing the results of its monitoring in 1-5 August 2014, there are 15 hotspots in Riau. While in Kalimantan, there are 190 hotspots. Each, 162 points in West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan 21 points, 4 points in East Kalimantan, and 3 points in South Kalimantan. In Papua found 4 hotspots. Coordinator Sawit Watch, Jefri […]

  • Vandana Shiva: Our Seed Our Future

    August 19, 2014

    Jakarta, Ekuatorial – The seed is the starting point of a food system. When the seed is ruled by some group, then the food system will be controlled by that group. This was disclosed by Vandana Shiva, an eco-feminists, philosophers, writers, scientists and activists of the world from India at a public lecture entitled “Our […]

  • Measure The Role Of Forests In Climate Adaptation

    August 19, 2014

    We all know that forests play a role in mitigating climate change. However, we don’t know what kind the ability of forest that can help us to adapt to climate change? This knowledge gap has prompted a study of forest-based rural community strategy in a bid resilience against climatic variations across three continents. Preliminary results […]

  • Gili Trawangan Cleaning Activity To Celebrate Independence Day

    August 18, 2014 clip Lombok News

    To celebrate the 69th Independence day of Indonesia, residents, business hotels, elementary students, and foreign tourists on the resort island of Gili Trawangan conduct environmental clean-up activities (16/8). “The activity picking up garbage,” said Gili Eco Trust Coordinator Delphine Robbe. Read full text on Lomboknews.

  • Agricultural land Threatened Out In 2149

    August 18, 2014

    Director General of Infrastructure and Facility Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture,Gatot Irianto said that remaining farmland in Indonesia is only 8.1 million hectares and will threatened out in 2149. That threat caused by increasing speed of land conversion up to two times larger than the target of making new field per year. Read full text on […]

  • Spatial Disorganization Triggered Environmental Damage

    August 15, 2014

    SIEJ, Jakarta – Agus Purnomo, president’s Special Staff for Climate Change considers that the condition of the cabinet of the Indonesian government currently inefficient. He explained that there is a tradition in Indonesia every new president then there will be a reshuffle or the addition of a new Ministry. Not to mention the decentralization of […]

  • New Maps Reveals Complicated Overview About Forest Fire In Sumatera

    August 15, 2014

    CIFOR has made a map to analysis the forest fires that occurs in Sumatera. The map illustrates that the fire started from outside the concession boundaries or on land inhabited by small-scale operators in the concession area in early February, and has spread deep into the inside of the concession at the end of March. […]

  • Indonesia’s Food Security Index Still Low

    August 14, 2014

    SIEJ, Jakarta – Data owned by the Food Security Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture said that the potential food sources in Indonesia is enough, namely: 77 carbohydrate source types, 26 nuts types, 389 fruit types, 228 vegetable types, and 110 spice types. It proves that Indonesia is a country that is rich in biodiversity. Ironically, […]

  • Aceh Guvernor: Close All Illegal Mines

    August 14, 2014

    Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah confirms that illegal gold mining activities in the District Geumpang, Pidie district, Aceh should be closed. The ban was related to the death of millions of fish in some streams in Aceh. Read full text on Acehterkini.

  • Mount Selamet Eruption Alert Status Increased

    August 13, 2014 clip Lombok News

    An increase in earthquakes, hot water temperature and visually observed eruptions and lava up to 1.5 km to the southwest and along the boom from Mount Selamet. Therefore, since Tuesday 12 August 2014 at 10:00 am Mountain Selamet status raised to alert (level III) from the previous alert (level II). Read full text on Lomboknews.

  • Climate Change Affects Malaria Case in Ternate

    August 13, 2014

    Ekuatorial, Ternate – Climate change impacts in Ternate, North Maluku province was quite noticeably. The rainy season is currently unable to predict again when the start and end, often change with the heat at the moment should have already entered the rainy season in the region. It is as expressed by Mohamad Riva, head of […]

  • Urgent, Licensing Review Of Forestry Sector In Aceh

    August 12, 2014

    Many cases of forest crime and the environment these days, assessed by a number of people can be strong and urgent reasons to do a review of licenses in Aceh. Rizki Alamanda from the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law said that chaos licensing process has contributed to increased deforestation and land degradation, and also poverty. […]

  • Floods Soak Thousands Of Homes In Banggai

    August 11, 2014 clip Lombok News

    Thousands of homes submerged in flash floods in three districts in Banggai, Central Sulawesi Province, Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Rains that have occurred since mid-afternoon on Saturday 9 August until Sunday afternoon did not stop with a long time. Read full text on Lomboknews.

  • Mining Exploration In Aceh Has Been Out Of Control

    August 11, 2014

    Policy that discourse by the Governor of Aceh about a moratorium on mining in Aceh should be supported. Mining moratorium is believed to minimize the environmental problems that increasingly massive happening due to mining activity. Mining exploitation in Aceh has been out of control. Read full text on Atjehlink.

  • Aceh Goverment Is Not Sensitive Against Waste Management

    August 08, 2014

    Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh Province as a center with the population density of 224,000 people plus 20% more immigrants who work as traders, students, etc. can affect the rate of production of waste every day more than 168 tons. WALHI Aceh monitoring, capacity Kampong Java garbage in the landfill has reached the maximum threshold […]

  • The Better Data Of Forest Benefits Required

    August 07, 2014

    In addition to employment figures, the government has very few data on the exact number of people who have benefited from the forest. The report of “Global Forest Conditions”, reveals that in the formal forest sector employs 13.2 million people and at least 41 million people work in the informal sector. Better measurements are crucial […]

  • Three Companies Investigated in Forest Fire in Riau

    August 06, 2014

    Ministry of environment (MOE) until July, noted at least 1.308 hotspots scattered in West Kalimantan and 662 hotspots in Riau arising due to opening land by burning. MOE’s notes until the beginning of August 2014 shows, there are 26 companies with 29 cases in Riau Province associated with the Karhutla (Land and Forest Fires). From […]

  • Forest Loss Undermine Food Security In Indonesia

    August 06, 2014

    Forest loss just does not help food security in Indonesia, according to a high official World Food Programme (WFP), food assistance agency of the United Nations. Indonesian food supply chain focused on rice, corn and other cereals rich in energy but low in nutrients, said Myrta Kaulard, WFP country director in Indonesia. Read full text […]

  • Forestry Minister Expect That Burner Actors In Riau Caught Soon

    August 05, 2014

    Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan arrived in the post airfield Roesmin Nurjadin Tuesday morning (5/08) to see the development and progress of disaster smoke task force Riau. He asked that the names of the actors burner forest in Riau that captured by media always reported, so the law enforcement process to be open. Read full […]

  • Environment Destroyers Fined Rp 32 Billion

    August 05, 2014

    Supreme court action to punish environment destroyers was welcomed by many parties. The responsible company due to that destruction are PT Selatnasik Indokwarsa and PT Simbang Pesak Indokwarsa. Both of them will be fined 32 billion rupiah, The trees in wildlife sanctuary was cut down, the soil was massively dregded until 13 meters depth, and […]

  • GGN-UNESCO Advisor is scheduled to Lombok

    August 04, 2014 clip Lombok News

    On the upcoming August 9-11, one of the advisors in the Global Geopark Network (GGN) of UNESCO, Prof. Dr. Wahito Watanabe will visit tourist objects which will become part of Geopark Rinjani in Lombok. “This is initial visit before assessment as an international geopark,” said Rachmat Heryadi (3/8). Read full text on Lomboknews.

  • Gunungkidul Farmers Participate in Carbon Stocks Measuring

    August 04, 2014

    Suratimin, the founder of Semoyo Pembaharu Farmers Alliance in Gunungkidul has acquired the skill to estimate carbon stocks in the forest managed by the people. Suratimin learnt the skill after his one-year involvemnet in the carbon stocks estimation and monitoring done by the Alliance of Volunteer for Nature Rescue (Arupa) in 2010. Read full text […]

  • (Indonesian) Menyelamatkan Lingkungan Hidup dengan Debt for Nature Swap

    August 04, 2014

    Skema Debt for Nature Swap atau DNS, merupakan suatu mekanisme restrukturisasi hutang luar negeri Indonesia dengan cara menukarkan komitmen Indonesia (sebagai debitur) untuk memobilisasi sumber keuangan domestik untuk kegiatan pelestarian lingkungan atau perbaikan konservasi alam. Pelaksanaan DNS untuk Kementerian LIngkungan Hidup Indonesia dianggap telah berhasil menekan laju kerusakan lingkungan hidup, terutama mengurangi polusi yang berasal […]

  • Rinjani Geopark proposed to UNESCO

    August 04, 2014 clip Lombok News

    Rinjani Geopark prepared to be registered to UNESCO as a World Geopark. Now being prepared 38 boards socialization in cities and district in all regions of Lombok. The board contains three elements for understanding education, conservation, and improvement of the economic well-being of the people if it later become World Geopark by UNESCO. Read fulltext […]

  • Publishing Permits in Mining Sector Lots of Trouble

    July 24, 2014

    Civil society coalition for transparency and accountability in governance of extractive resources of oil and gas, mining and natural resources, Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, said the mining sector (extractive) is one of the leading sector in the most troubled in all provinces of Indonesia, especially related expenditure mining license. Read full text on […]

  • Actors of Forest Fires In Riau Should Be Punished

    July 24, 2014 clip Lombok News

    More than 70 percent of fires occur outside the forest area. 99 percent of land and forest fires are due to human intentionally burned. Despite repeated smoke haze in Riau occurred every year, but the fact of forest fire are still happening. Based on the observation satellites Terra and Aqua recorded 286 hotspots in Sumatra […]

  • The Degenerate of Javan Lutung Population in Malang

    July 18, 2014

    The population of Javan Lutung (Trachypithecus auratus) on the slopes of Mount Arjuna, Malang, East Java was decreased according to a monitoring from Protection of Forest and Fauna or Profauna. This is occur due to constriction of Lutung habitat caused by the widespread of fields and farms. Survey by Profauna in January-July of 2014 found […]

  • Cops Nab Alleged Turtle Smuggler in Bali

    July 17, 2014

    Police foiled an alleged attempt to smuggle rare green turtles from Bali’s mainland to nearby Serangan Island on Tuesday — the latest arrest in a string of turtle smuggling busts to hit the popular tourist destination, as reported by Antara News. A 56-year-old man, identified as Sangkalan, was arrested early this morning after police officers […]

  • Rain in Yogyakarta Due to Philippines Tropical Storm Effect

    July 15, 2014 clip Kabar Kota

    The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta estimating, rain in the dry season which occurs in Yogyakarta lately, is the influence of the tropical storm in Philippines. The storm affects the weather in the province due to changes in wind direction, wind direction turned from the east to the north. At this turn, […]

  • Jakarta will Develop 17 Reclamation Islands

    July 14, 2014

    Jakarta Capital City will soon be equipped with 17 artificial islands that stretches along the Bay of Jakarta as far as 32 ​​km. The existence of this project will require a lot of soil and sand material to build a new island to a total of 5,100 hectares. Head of Sub Directorate of the Directorate […]

  • Red Alarm from South Konawe’s Sea

    July 11, 2014

    Fishermen in South Konawe coastal, Southeast Sulawesi, has felt the impact of climate change. Data from Department of Marine and Fisheries of South Konawe in collaboration with Indonesia Marine and Climate Support (IMACS) in ten villages shows a trend of climate change has a serious impact on the income level of the fishermen. In addition, […]

  • Indonesia Able To Fill 20 percent of World’s Biofuels

    July 10, 2014

    Researchers from Indonesia Climate Change Center-ICCC stated that Indonesia could be exporters of biofuels (BBN) in the world, if using the degraded land or critical land properly. However, the development of BBN only work on bio-diesel, whereas bioetanol failed. Whereas, serious implementation of bioetanol may be the solution of the energy deficit in Indonesia, as […]

  • Protected Forest Encroachment in Bener Meriah for Potatoes and Crops

    July 10, 2014

    People reported mass encroachment on protected forest areas in Regency Bener Meriah, Aceh, for potatoes and crops cultivation. Also mentioned that there is investor from Malaysia who formed a partnership with the government related to potatoes and crops market. This practice allegedly began in the last year involving local officials, security forces and horticulture entrepreneurs. […]

  • Makassar to Set Up Trash Bank

    July 09, 2014

    The Assistant III Asset and Financial Section of Makassar Administration, Burhanuddin, said that a Central Trash Bank will be set up this year. The trash banks will be set up in 78 points in Makassar and the central bank will be located in Toddopuli market region which is also a landfill for non-organic trashes. “We […]

  • Konawe Predicted to be in Water Crisis in 2026

    July 08, 2014

    Research from the Faculty of Forestry, University of Haluoleo, predict that Konawe as an area of ​​the river Konaweeha will experience water crisis in 2026. The data shows a decrease in water discharge in the river Konaweeha. It is caused by the damage to forestry sector that impacts poorly on condition of watersheds in the […]

  • Related to the Mining Law, Papua NGO will Sues Government to the International Court

    July 07, 2014 clip Tabloid Jubi

    Human Rights Foundation Against Violence (YAHAMAK), Mimika, is planning to sues the government of the Republic of Indonesia and Papua provincial government to the International Court of Justice, related to the implementation of the Act No. 4 of 2009 on Mineral Mining, Energy and Coal, were assessed without an obvious solution. They assess its obscurity […]