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Walhi opposes planned construction of Jakarta giant seawall The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has opposed the planned construction of giant seawall in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, citing it will destroy the environment and render thousands of fishermen jobless.

Posted in Environment @ 24 October 2014 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Toba officially declared as 'Toba Caldera Geopark' President Susilo Yudhoyono officially designated Lake Toba as Toba Caldera Geopark, in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, on Thursday. The confirmation of Toba Lake as a geopark is crucial in supporting Indonesia's plan to propose Lake Toba caldera geopark to be included in UNESCO's Geopark Global Network (GGN).

Posted in Environment @ 28 March 2014 15:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No to mining business in Raja Ampat Minister for the Environment Balthasar Kambuaya said he would reject any proposal for mining operation in the district of Raja Ampat of West Papua. "I have already told my staff to reject any such proposal in the district of Raja Ampat," Balthasar said here on Friday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2013 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: 'Indonesia's marine resources threatened' Greenpeace Indonesia says Indonesia`s rich marine resources are facing various threats that could cuase a decline in fish stocks in the country`s waters. "Indonesia`s fish stocks have continued to drop due to degradation and overfishing," the non-governmental organization`s sea campaigner Arifsyah Nasution said in a press statement received here on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 August 2013 22:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for preservation of mangroves President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the preservation of 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest which is crucial to prevent abrasion. Indonesia must safeguard its around 130 million hectares of forest area and 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest, the head of state said when launching a mangrove save campaign here on Wednesday,

Posted in Environment @ 26 June 2013 11:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 June 2013 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia`s natural beauty ranked world`s sixth Indonesia`s natural beauty is ranked sixth in the world based on a survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2012 which was released recently, said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Mari Elka Pangestu.

Posted in Environment @ 10 June 2013 12:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Potential geothermal reserves found in Kolaka The energy and mineral resources ministry said a potential geothermal reserve has been found in the district of Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi Province. The geothermal reserve was found near nickel mines in Kolaka by the ministry`s researchers, Made Suantika, the head of soil shifting and mitigation division at the ministry, said here.

Posted in Environment @ 22 March 2013 16:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wild elephant enters village in Riau Herd of wild elephants entered human settlements in Mandau District, Bengkalis, Riau, causing residents damaged crops and panic. "We all panicked and run directly," a villager, Juwono, 39, said here on Friday.

Posted in Environment @ 22 March 2013 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


NGO rejects giant sea wall establishment in Jakarta Non-Government Organization (NGO) People Coalition for Fishery Fairness (Kiara) has rejected the project of Giant Sea Wall establishment in Jakarta beach because it was thought to have certain purpose instead of reclamation.

Posted in Environment @ 15 February 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor charged over 55-year swamp lease The Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI) have formally charged Bali’s Governor Made Magnus Pastika before the State Administrative Court (PTUN) in connection with the 55-year lease given to a private company to manage the Tahura Mangrove Forest Area (Tahura) in South Bali.

Posted in Environment @ 05 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






Youths aware of waste management Many Indonesian youth are now aware of importance of waste management in preserving the national resources.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Whale washes up on Sidayu beach in Cilacap A dead whale, estimated to measure approximately 10 metres long, washed ashore in Sidayu Indah beach, Binangun sub-district, here on Thursday. "The carcass of the whale was found at about 10 am," said 32-year-old Iqbalul Murid, a local coast guard.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2012 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage to mangrove caused by highway construction to be repaired The contractors building the toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua (JDP) have publicly affirmed that they will repair any damage caused to the mangrove forest by the project.The contractors making the pledge are PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya and PT Hutama Karya.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina plants 10.000 trees in mangrove areas The State-owned oil company, PT Pertamina has demonstrated its commitment to Bali’s environment by planting 10,000 trees in mangrove areas in the vicinity of Serangan Beach and Mertasari Beach in Sanur.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2012 12:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stricter environmental regulations for Gianyar The Gianyar regency is preparing new regulations that will govern the way in which new hotels are built and ensure that accommodation projects are “green” and friendly to the environment.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2012 10:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry ministry rejects claims of APP logging ramin woods Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Forestry Ministry Darori said there were no logging activities by the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) company in the Kalimantan and Riau provinces, in response to an accusation from environmental NGO Greenpeace.

Posted in Environment @ 21 May 2012 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Walhi: 46 pct of river basins in Aceh damaged The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has said that 46 percent of the river basins in Aceh province have sustained serious damage and urged the government to save them.

Posted in Environment @ 04 April 2012 09:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rhinos born in Ujung Kulon National Park in 2011 Two Javanese rhinoceroses were born last year at Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), Pandeglang District, Banten Province. "The rhino population has grown, because in 2010 three rhinos were born," said Hendra Purnama, an evaluation and data officer at TNUK, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2012 11:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Slum inhabitants near Ciliwung river to be relocated Inhabitants of the slums along the Ciliwung riverside are going to be relocated to government-subsidized apartments, an official said.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2012 07:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to spend $190 mln on controlling floods The Jakarta administration is planning to spend US$190 million on controlling floods in the capital under the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project (JUFMP).

Posted in Environment @ 02 February 2012 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US satellite detects 61 hot spots in Sumatra The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has detected 61 hot spots on Sumatra Island, according to the Ketaping Padang meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG).

Posted in Environment @ 22 January 2012 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists: 'Sumatran rhino on the brink of extinction' Indonesian environmentalists on Thursday warned that the Sumatran rhinoceros in Lampung province is on the brink of extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction, just weeks after the Western Black Rhinoceros was declared extinct.

Posted in Environment @ 24 November 2011 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men arrested for killing dozens of orangutans Indonesian police arrested two men on Monday for allegedly killing dozens of monkeys and orangutans in the province of East Kalimantan, the Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 22 November 2011 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace accused of illegal activities Lawmakers have called on the government to review the existence of Greenpeace in Indonesia following a series of incidents that they say were triggered by the organization's reluctance to comply with the country's laws.

Posted in Environment @ 27 October 2011 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Javan rhinos in Vietnam extinct; few left in Indonesia The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Tuesday confirmed the Javan rhinoceros have been driven to complete extinction in Vietnam, leaving only a few left alive in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 25 October 2011 16:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays $28.5 million debt through forest protection The government of Indonesia on Monday agreed to pay the United States $28.5 million in debt by protecting its own rich forests which are continuously threatened by illegal logging.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2011 02:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: 'Only 400 Sumatran tigers remain' Noted environmental organization Greenpeace has claimed that there are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the country as a result of massive illegal forest clearance.

Posted in Environment @ 30 September 2011 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New wasp species in Indonesia shocks scientists An American scientist working with a team of Indonesians scientists has discovered a new giant black warrior wasp species. The wasp will be added to the list of items named after the country’s national symbol, the mythical bird Garuda.

Posted in Environment @ 02 September 2011 06:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Licenses of 'dirty' restaurants and hotels to be revoked The provincial government of Bali has affirmed that they will not hesitate to revoke the operating licenses of hotels and restaurants failing to properly dispose of their waste and sewerage.

Posted in Environment @ 07 August 2011 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jellyfish alert for Bali's eastern coasts Bali Post, Nusa Bali and Beritabali.com are both reporting that a species of purple and poisonous jellyfish have invaded the waters off Bali’s western beaches near Tabanan in an area stretching from the Tanah Lot Temple, to the Kediri district, Yeh Gangga and Kerambitan.

Posted in Environment @ 18 July 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 88 percent of logging in Indonesia is illegal The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) on Wednesday said that a Greenpeace report showed that up to 88 percent of Indonesia's logging activity is illegal, greatly affecting the country's environment and economy.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2011 20:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


70 percent of Indonesia's primates in danger of extinction Around 70 percent of Indonesia's primates are in danger of extinction due to their illegal trade and constant destruction of their natural habitat, according to ProFauna Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 07 June 2011 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany to aid Indonesia fight deforestation The government of Germany on Friday agreed to aid Indonesia with its Forest and Climate Change program (ForClime), local media reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 May 2011 01:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs two-year deforestation moratorium Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday signed a decree declaring a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One more warning for zoning law violations on Bali The provincial enforcement team for Bali has delivered the second written warning to the Beach World Project within the Nusa Dua Complex.

Posted in Environment @ 26 April 2011 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Changing the rule after violating them The chairman of the Karangasem House of Representatives (DPRD-Karangasem), I Gede Dana, is calling for a definite decision on whether to close down or allow the Hotel Chateau de Bali project located on Bukit Mimba in East Bali to continue.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2011 08:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Trucks and bulldozers clean Bali's Kuta beach Over two dozen garbage trucks and two loaders were dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach last week to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2011 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia puts 8 companies on trial for polluting environment The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will file suit against eight companies for polluting the environment in East Java Province, officials said.

Posted in Environment @ 31 March 2011 01:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare Javan Rhinos captured on video on Java island Two rare Javan rhinoceroses were captured on video by the World Wildlife Fund Indonesia (WWF-I) in a national park located in the western region of Indonesia's Java island, officials said Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 01 March 2011 04:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal activity endangers Indonesian orangutan sanctuary As a group of rehabilitated orangutans are waiting to be released into a reserved area in Indonesia's Kalimantan, activists on Thursday stated that illegal activity in the sanctuary continues to endanger the natural habitat and its animals.

Posted in Environment @ 18 February 2011 06:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Finland sign renewable energy pact The governments of Indonesia and Finland on Monday signed a bilateral renewable energy pact that would promote the use of wood-based biomass and agricultural residues, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Environment @ 15 February 2011 01:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran tiger population less than 30 in Way Kambas park Indonesia's critically endangered Sumatran tiger's population has reduced to less than 30 in the Way Kambas National Park, local media reported Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2011 08:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former U.S. Vice President warns Indonesians of global warming Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore on Sunday spoke in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, warning of "unprecedented chaos" if global warming continues at its alarming rate.

Posted in Environment @ 10 January 2011 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President pledges 1 billion tree planting program President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged a one-billion tree planting movement at the Jati Luhur Dam, West Java on Sunday. The ceremony took place at the dam at 9 a.m, attended by legislators, party leaders, ministers and politic figures, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 November 2010 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saved from the satay stick A total of 87 rare green turtles, some believed to be hundreds of years old, were released back into the seas surrounding the island of Bali. The turtles, now free again, were seized by Bali's Water Police during the course of a raid on turtle smugglers.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2010 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shark sanctuary declared in eastern Indonesia Misool Eco Resort and Shark Savers on Tuesday announced that a Shark Sanctuary has been declared for the entire 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, located in the eastern region of the country. Bupati Drs Marcus Wanma, the Regent of Raja Ampat, made this historic declaration, demonstrating leadership in marine conservation.

Posted in Environment @ 17 November 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Elephants run amok in Riau village again A group of elephants has run amok again in a village in Riau province. They have trampled at least four houses in their rage. Based on information from villagers, the elephants have already trampled to death one villager last Saturday. The four houses are on a main migration route for the large animals. Residents of the houses have found shelter elsewhere.

Posted in Environment @ 15 June 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 30 million trees planted nationwide Over 30 million trees have been planted nationwide so far under the one-billion-tree planting program which is to run until 2013, a senior forestry official said. "We are convinced we will meet the set target in 2013," Director General for Forest and Land Rehabilitation Indri Astuti said Saturday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 June 2010 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plants mangrove trees in Angke President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and a number of Cabinet members planted mangrove trees in the Angke ecotourism park in North Jakarta on Monday as part of efforts to rehabilitate the mangrove forest. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said his office had struck an agreement with the Jakarta administration to plant 9 million mangrove trees in the coming five years.

Posted in Environment @ 08 June 2010 04:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turtle seller arrested by Bali police A total of 71 green turtles (chelonia mydas) - some weighing more than 200 kilograms and thought to be more than 70-years-old, were saved from the chopping block by Bali police in a raid conducted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.3 million hectares of Riau rainforest 'disappeared' The destruction of the tropical rain forest in Riau is just stunning. Of the 9.2 million hectares of rain forest existing in 1982, even before the provinces of Riau and Riau Islands were formed, only some 860.000 hectares is left now. In just 28 years some 8.3 million hectares has vanished completely.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2010 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 120 new species of plants and animals discovered At least 120 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the tropical rain forests of Borneo in the last three years. Several of the remarkable findings were done by Dutch. Evolutionbiologist Menno Schilthuizen and his Malaysian student Liew Thor-Seng found a new kind of snail with a tail that is three times as long as his head for example.

Posted in Environment @ 23 April 2010 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unilever and Nestle ban palmoil giant Sinar Mas After Unilever, Nestle also decided to ban Indonesian palmoil giant Sinar Mas as a supplier for their factories. The world's biggest food producer has done this after pressure from environmental organisations like Greenpeace, which accuse Sinar Mas of destroying the Indonesian rain forests.

Posted in Environment @ 19 March 2010 05:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and The Netherlands working together on CO2-problem The Netherlands is about to participate in four projects in Indonesia in order to reduce it's production of CO2 gas. One project will use natural gas while three other projects will be aimed at retrieving gas from trash that can be used as energy.

Posted in Environment @ 05 March 2010 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waterbirds in mangrove forests under threat The number of species and the populations of waterbirds in Muara Angke natural conservation area, North Jakarta, have decreased because of water pollution and human encroachment into the area, an environmental organization says.

Posted in Environment @ 05 February 2010 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adopt a Sumatran tiger! Indonesia is thinking about making it possible to adopt a Sumatran tiger. In this way, Jakarta thinks it can prevent the species from going extinct; there are only a few hundred Sumatran tigers left in the wild. They are threatened by deforestation and poaching.

Posted in Environment @ 23 January 2010 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF catches Sumatran tiger family on tape A hidden camera from the WWF in Indonesia has captured a female tiger and two of it's cubs in the jungle in central Sumatra. This is the first tiger family that has been recorded by a camera belonging to the WWF. Four cameras were placed in the Rimbang Baling conservatory forest and the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, located in Riau and Jambi.

Posted in Environment @ 08 January 2010 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of illegal logs seized by Aceh police The regional police of Aceh Singkil, in the province of Aceh, has seized hundreds of illegaly processed logs from several different types of wood that were ready to be sold. Two persons were arrested by the police as well.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving Bali's Serangan island The government of Denpasar is targeting to restore the badly damaged natural environment of Serangan island by establishing a turtle refuge as part of plans to create the island into a marine sports center.

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2009 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to clean 11 rivers The central government has announced plans to restore some 11 heavily poluted rivers as part of the governments actions on climate change. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that the program would be one of the highest priorities of the newly installed government.

Posted in Environment @ 15 November 2009 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


LIPI: Cut a tree, plant ten new trees In a survey that has cost some 250 million Rupiah (195,000 euro), the botanic garden in Cibodas and LIPI (the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), has concluded that for every tree that is cut down, at least ten new seedlings have to planted to replace it. The seedlings should be put in the earth before the tree is actually cut, realizing that Indonesians normally don't tend to clean up their work after they have started.

Posted in Environment @ 13 November 2009 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: 'Climate change worsening disasters' Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters, and governments need to speed up measures to mitigate their impact, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes, warns.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2009 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rainforest in Kerinci Seblat disappearing fast The rain forest in the Kerinci Seblat national park on the island of Sumatra is disappearing fast. Illegal logging which continues in the area and understaffing at the security department of the national park are pointed to as the main causes. Some 500 hectares of previously untouched forests have now turned into wastelands.

Posted in Environment @ 31 August 2009 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Endangered tiger killed and stolen from zoo Thieves have killed a tiger in the Taman Rimba Zoo in Jambi last Saturday. The female Sumatran tiger was killed before the body was stolen from the zoo, according to local authorities. The incident happened around three in the morning. The police chief in Jambi, Posma Lubis, said that it was most likely that the tiger was killed and stolen to be sold via an international network. There was no sign of damage to the cage.

Posted in Environment @ 23 August 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shipment of illegally cut wood seized in Riau The regional police in Riau has successfully seized a shipment of over 10 tonnes of wood that has been illegally cut. The wood that was taken from the forests of Riau were destined for Malaysia. The head of the marine police in Riau, Zainal Paliwang, explained that wood in various sizes has been seized from three boats that routinely operate the waters of Kampung Pacul in the district of Bengkalis.

Posted in Environment @ 01 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gets debt relief for rainforest conservation The Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia, Conservation International and Yayasan Keanekaragaman Hayati Indonesia (KEHATI) announced today that they have concluded the largest debt-for-nature swap under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) since its passage in 1998. The agreements will reduce Indonesia’s debt payments to the United States by nearly $30 million over the next eight years. In return, the Government of Indonesia has committed these funds to support grants to protect and restore the country’s tropical forests.

Posted in Environment @ 03 July 2009 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smoke forces schools in Riau to close down Thick smoke caused by forest fires in the province of Riau on the island of Sumatra has hampered school activities. A number of schools in the district of Rokan Hilir has been forced to close down. Already a number of schools has been closed down, also in the neighboring district of Bangko, where almost all elementary schools have been closed.

Posted in Environment @ 26 May 2009 19:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lake Kelimutu changes colors A change of color of Lake Kelimutu, which is located in a volcanic crater in the district of Ende in the province of East Nusa Tenggara is possibly a sign that a disaster is about to happen. One of the lakes is changing color, which causes locals to speculate about what will happen next. According to locals the change in color has been visible since just two days.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2009 06:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five natural gas leaks appear in Banyumas rice paddies Natural gas leaks have sprung up in the village of Karang Lewas, in the district of Banyumas in Central Java. At the moment there are five locations where natural gas appears from the earth, where earlier this morning there were only two locations. Local police has taped off the areas concerned to prevent accidents from happening as hundreds of villagers gather around the gas leaks as a free form of entertainment.

Posted in Environment @ 12 May 2009 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group of wild orangutans discovered in Borneo Conservationists have discovered a large population of orangutans in the eastern part of the island of Borneo which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. The most conservative estimates put the population count at several hundred, but biologists say it could possibly be in the region of 2,000.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2009 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious ‘yawning fish’ discovered in Maluku Until January 2008, no one knew it existed, or if they did, they weren’t talking. A husband and wife team who were part owners of a dive shop in Ambon City, Indonesia, along with the shop’s dive guide, took the first known photos of the fish. They shared the photos with Ted Pietsch, a marine scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who said last year that the critter appeared to represent an unknown family (in the biological-classification sense) of angler fish.

Posted in Environment @ 25 February 2009 04:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ADB provides 500 million USD loan to clean 'dirtiest' river Indonesia's efforts to clean up the Citarum River, known as the world's most-polluted river, received a major boost as the Asian Development Bank approved a 500 million-U.S. dollar loan to the country on Friday. The Citarum River Basin Territory supports a population of 28 million people, delivers 20 percent of Indonesia's gross domestic product, and provides 80 percent of the surface water supply to Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 07 December 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 100 million trees this year Indonesia, which has been losing forests at a rapid pace in recent years, plans to plant 100 million trees across the country this year in an effort to limit deforestation, a forestry official said on Wednesday. Indonesia has lost an estimated 70 percent of its original frontier forest, but it still has a total forest area of more than 91 million hectares, with a host of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2008 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiny primate rediscovered on Sulawesi The tiny Furby-like pygmy tarsier, presumed to be extinct, was found during a recent expedition to Indonesia. And the cuddly, huge-eyed nocturnal critter is the very definition of cute. "They always look like they have a perpetual smile on their face, which adds to the attraction," says physical anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, who found the presumed lost species.

Posted in Environment @ 19 November 2008 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali water supply endangered by shrinking Lake Batur BeritaBali.com reports that observations made the Bali Environmental Agency conclude that sedimentation has decreased the depth of Bali's famous Batur lake by one meter over the past five years. Experts blame the rapid sedimentation on the diversion of surrounding land from natural jungle habitat to agricultural pursuits.

Posted in Environment @ 16 November 2008 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Lost' deer species discovered after 78 years in Sumatra A rare species of deer has been rediscovered in Sumatra 78 years after it was last sighted, reports Fauna & Flora International. The deer, known as the Sumatran muntjac (Muntiacus montanus), was rescued from a snare during an anti-poaching patrol by the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection Team in Kerinci-Seblat National Park. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) subsequently caught two more of the deer on film using camera traps.

Posted in Environment @ 10 October 2008 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo officials suspected of smuggling sea shells 16 boxes about to be boarded on a departing Qantas flight were intercepted by local authorities who found thousands of rare shells hidden among local handicrafts and textiles. Authorities estimate the value of the protected sea shells to be in the hundreds of millions of Rupiahs.

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2008 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia doubles size of Sumatra national park Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers are to get a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens. Speaking in Jakarta, head of WWF in Indonesia, Mubariq Ahmad says a four-year-old national park on the island will be more than doubled to 86,000 hectares.

Posted in Environment @ 28 August 2008 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya mangrove forests home to 140 species of Java's biggest birds The mangrove forest conservation area in Wonorejo on Surabaya's east coast has 140 species of Java island's biggest birds. Bambang DH, mayor of Surabaya, said here last week end of the 140 bird species, about 84 are categorized as sedentary , 12 species as protected and 44 as migrant species.

Posted in Environment @ 31 July 2008 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government: '28 million euro to stop erosion of beaches' Tempo Interaktif estimates that as much as 25% of Bali's shorelines have suffered significant erosion caused by sea waves. Of the total shorelines abrased by high waves the government of Bali has only been able to take remedial steps on 53% of the affected beaches.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2008 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace campaign forces Unilever u-turn on palm oil Greenpeace today welcomed Unilever’s call for a moratorium on rainforest destruction in Indonesia, that is wiping out orang-utans and devastating the climate.

Posted in Environment @ 02 May 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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