May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

Environment

Holding up the sky

Indonesia has set ambitious targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions that will require major changes in how forests and agricultural lands are managed

Climate change and Indonesia

Indonesia can make the transition from climate change villain to global hero, but empowering the poor will be a key to effective action

Empty promises

The Clean Development Mechanism has failed to deliver

Big business, big damage

Bioprospecting is threatening Bunaken National Park

In search of sustainable farming

Bali-based NGOs are an important part of Indonesia’s growing sustainable agriculture movement

Who owns the carbon?

Indonesia’s carbon stores spark international attention

Resistance through memory

The victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster continue to assert their rights to compensation

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

Prosperity denied

Mining is booming in East Nusa Tenggara, but where is the wealth going?

Eager to work

The value of children’s paid work on Lombok’s tobacco plantations presents a challenge to emotive arguments for the wholesale banning of child labour

Corrupting politics

Corruption continues to shape the political landscape in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia’s richest district

Social justice by design

Architect Antonio Ismael Risianto promotes planning for the urban poor

Development for the rich

Gated communities are built with little concern for their social and environmental impacts

Land, ethnicity and politics

Direct local elections have led to new developments in the struggle for land rights in East Kalimantan

Too precious to mine

Central Java farmers refuse to get stuck in cement

Fighting over the land and forest

Century-old conflicts persist in the vast tracts of Indonesia that are designated as state forest

A city without social justice

Jakarta needs more green space, but not at the expense of the poor

Land titles do not equal agrarian reform

Activists split with Indonesia’s government over whether land registration helps the rural poor

The trouble with oil palm

Conflicts between villagers and plantation companies in Sumatra are still unresolved

Surviving conflict

Aceh’s performing arts have blossomed despite the conflict and the tsunami

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