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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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Ban All Erotic Stage Shows: Balikpapan, Kalimantan

April 21st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Following Tangerang and Bandung, the Balikpapan municipal administration has banned all erotic stage performances in an effort to restore morality among the city’s young generation. The ban was issued after a meeting between relevant local authorities, religious figures and informal leaders in the city.

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“Heart of Borneo” Meeting

April 4th, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam will hold the Second Tri-lateral Meeting of Heart of Borneo in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, from April 4 to 5, 2008. The upcoming meeting was a follow up of the First HoB (Heart of Borneo) Tri-Lateral Meeting which was organized in Brunei Darussalam, on July 18-20, 2007, a press statement of the Indonesian forestry ministry said here on Thursday.

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Tree Planting Mandatory in Action Plan

December 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The government has released a report on a plan of action covering the mitigation and adaptation efforts for climate change. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially launched the report during the recent climate conference in Bali. The plan of action on mitigation and adaptation covers the forestry, energy, agriculture, water resources, infrastructure and health sectors. Below is the first article focusing on the forestry sector.

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The REDD Project

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Indonesia’s much-anticipated REDD program — a pilot forest project to help tackle climate change — is set to be launched Thursday in Bali by the republic’s Forest Minister MS Kaban, but he said it was still unclear how exactly the project would work. REDD details mechanisms for incentives, loans and finance, but Kaban said no plans had been devised yet to measure a country’s contribution to reducing deforestation.

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Indonesians in Focus: Lan Fang

December 5th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Kalimantan novelist Lan Fang writes about love, the powerlessness of women and the ethnic friction in the country. Her short stories have been appearing in teen magazines since she herself was a teenager, but critics did not turn their attention to her work until several years ago.

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Indonesians in Focus: Korrie Layun Rampan

November 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-korrie-rampan.jpgThree years of working as a politician in his homeland of West Kutai, East Kalimantan, has not let the attention of novelist Korrie Layun Rampan, one of the nation’s most well known short story writers and arguably the best literary critic in Indonesia, drift from his concerns with the development of Indonesian literature. The case was proved when Korrie Layun Rampan won the fifth Indonesian Short Story Congress (KCI) prize in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, at the end of October, 2007.

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Mangrove Park: Bali

November 2nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-img_5500.jpgAs a small island, Bali is prone to erosion, but protection of its vast beaches and mangrove forests, have helped save much land. The mangrove forests along Jalan Bypass Ngurai Rai to Benoa Peninsula in Nusa Dua, for example, are known as a greater forest park, said Sudrajat Wirapraja, head of the program section of the Denpasar Mangrove Forest Management Agency. The park initially had a coverage of about 1,700 hectares, but the road works and other public facilities have reduced this to 1,100 hectares.

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Endangered Species in Indonesia

November 2nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

The government has said it is having difficulties identifying the number of native species in danger of extinction. Director for biological diversity affairs at the Forestry Ministry, Toni Suhartono, said much of the existing information on the number of endangered species was based on predictions made before 2000.

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Indigenous Languages in Danger of Disappearing

November 1st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Indonesia is known not only for its multiethnic richness, but also for its linguistically diversified provinces and regions. Recent documented records by the National Education Ministry indicate there are 746 indigenous languages in the country, 10 of which have died out.

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