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Potato has Dim Future in Indonesia

May 21st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

With its high rate of growth, high yield and low water consumption, the potato has become the world’s fourth major food crop in the world, but its prospects in Indonesia face many challenges, a representative for Indonesia’s chapter of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says. While speaking at a seminar help by the UN’s FAO in Jakarta on Wednesday, ManHo So said certain challenges, related to the vegetable’s biology and planting requirements, had to be overcome to achieve its potential in the country.

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Sea Change Possible

May 16th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

There’s a war being waged in the oceans of Indonesia with death and destruction to be found along the vast coastline of this country. Cyanide and explosives are being used by unscrupulous fisherman to extract sea life for commercial gain. Trawlers from Taiwan, China and other foreign parts are stealing the nation’s fish. Some of the country’s most precious marine life is being threatened with extinction. Invaluable mangroves are being ripped out and replaced with shrimp farms. An alarming amount of precious species living in our oceans are endangered. Coral reefs, rich in biodiversity, are being destroyed.

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Palm Oil Firms Vow to Stop using Forests

May 16th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Palm oil companies operating in Indonesia pledged to stop expanding plantations into forests in response to growing global criticism about deforestation and to promote more sustainable products. Executive director of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI), Didiek Hadjar Goenadi, said here Monday palm oil companies would focus on utilizing idle land, including former forest concession areas, to maintain Indonesia as the world’s largest crude palm oil producer.

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Indonesian Forests More than Just Carbon Sinks

May 13th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

In the last five decades, environmental awareness among people has increased worldwide, but the focus of attention has shifted from time to time. In the 1960s and 1970s, pollution got the most attention from the public, especially in Western countries. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published in 1962, which depicts the effects of pollution on animals and humans, was one of many books inciting environmental awareness among Americans. A few years later, the world was horrified with the news of deadly diseases occurring in Minamata Bay in Japan caused by mercury pollution.

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Orangutans May be Extinct in 3 Years

May 13th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments 3 Comments »

Conservationists say protected wild orangutans in Central Kalimantan may be extinct in three years unless the government acts to stop the expansion of oil palm plantations. Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) research shows the orangutan population is falling fast as forests are cleared to make way for oil palm plantations.

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Constructing Dams vs. Global Warming

May 5th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

The Public Works Ministry has announced a government plan to construct 17 large dams, including the Nipah and Bajulmati, East Java; Ponreponre in South Sulawesi; Peusangan 1, 2 and Keuliling in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam; Lebak Karian in Banten; Asahan 3, 4 and 5 in North Sumatra; Lore Rindu and Sulewana in Central Sulawesi; Mamberamo in West Papua, and the 45-year-old plan for the Jatigede dam in West Java. At the end of a six-day trip to Beijing last year, Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed the Jatigede project (to be the second largest dam in Indonesia after Jatiluhur) would soon be built by China’s largest dam building company, Sinohydro Corp.

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Community-Based Reforestation: East Java

April 29th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Villager Muhammad Yassin may not be aware Indonesia has reached a new record, it’s fastest deforestation rate ever, clearing an estimated 1.8 million hectares of forest each year. But the 59-year-old villager of Jatiarjo, East Java does care about the forests on the slopes of Mount Arjuno, near his home. Every morning, the grandfather of five leaves his home, walking to the forest three kilometers away. In the afternoon he returns home, carrying bundles of grass for his three cows.

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Calculating your Carbon Footprint

April 29th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

It is four months since the nations of the world gathered in Bali to try and thrash out an agreement on how to reduce global warming. Climate scientists have known for many years that we human beings are affecting the temperature of our planet. They predict dangerous consequences if we do nothing. As an archipelago of thousands of islands, Indonesia is particularly threatened. The country cannot afford to ignore this. The main offender is carbon dioxide which is slowly choking our atmosphere. If we continue to burn fossil fuels like oil and coal at the present rate, we could cause irreversible damage to our precious environment.

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Doomsday Prediction for Jakarta: West Java

April 14th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Separated by a road and a viscous finger of black, garbage-choked water, the stilt-house slum of Muara Baru and the BMW car dealership that faces it appear as if from different worlds. But on December 6, 2025, these two extremes of the Indonesian capital will have something in common as a World Bank study shows that unless action is taken, they and much of the coastal city of 12 million will be submerged by seawater.

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Combating Illicit Trafficking in Forest Products

April 11th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-cut-logs.jpgIndonesia and the United Nations shrugs and crime agency UNODC organized an international experts group meeting on International Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Illicit International Trafficking in Forest Products, in Jakarta, recently. The forest products included timber, wildlife and other forest biological resources, according to a press statement of the Indonesian forestry ministry here on Friday. The meeting was attended by 47 experts from 15 member countries and observers from ASEAN-WEN, AFP, FLEGT, UNEP, UNFF, World Bank, and CIFOR. In the two-day meeting officially opened by Indonesian Forestry Minsiter MS Kaban on March 26, the participants emphasized the importance of international cooperation in combating and preventing illicit international trafficking in forest products.

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