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

Environment

Mining the land, mining people

Irrespective of location or commodity, peasants now compete with multinational mining companies on the mineral-rich tracts of Indonesia

Multiplier effects on the Bombana goldfields

Benefits ripple outwards but local government struggles to regulate the process

Church-based resistance to mining in Manggarai

Resistance is a way of defending local people’s rights in dealing with mining policy

Mining mercury in an Indonesian periphery

Improved market chain monitoring and recognition of sociocultural dynamics are important for central mercury control

Community mining in West Timor

Small-scale manganese mining supports livelihood diversity

Fighting apathy, seeking engagement

Students have mixed feelings about a mandatory community service program at Indonesian universities

Comes with the territory

Compromises must be made in the quest for indigeneity among the Dayak Meratus

Farmers’ worst enemy

Over-use of pesticides is making the crops ‘sick’, but only farmers educated about the environment understand this

Anticipating the future

Success and failure of Indramayu farmers’ responses to El-Niño

Fighting for existence

Environmental education is empowering rural youth to protect their hamlet from a luxury resort project 

Commodifying conservation in Borneo

Does the social marketing approach answer the big questions of conservation in Indonesia?

A write-off

School textbooks in Indonesia fail to teach environmental sustainability

Environmental child soldiers

Surabayan children are fighting to improve their local environment

An urgent need for Environmental Education

Can Indonesia save its beauty and biodiversity through Environmental Education?

Safe water at a premium

The UN’s claim that 87 per cent of Indonesians have access to safe drinking water seems exaggerated

Something's cooking

Biogas reduces the burden of fossil fuel subsidies

Heritage adrift

What next for Indonesia’s underwater cultural heritage?

Good intentions, mixed realities

Bali’s World Heritage listing has put its rice-farming culture under stress 

Shifting sands

Archeology and public participation in Indonesian heritage management

Cultural heritage: The politics of pictures of Indonesia

When visitors take pictures of Indonesia, they tend to photograph Indonesia’s cultural heritage.  These pictures share certain qualities. They seem harmonious and to be of activities or places that have remained the same for generations or centuries. They also often exclude people or represent them as bound by history and relics of a past era

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