Apr 03, 2020 Last Updated 5:13 AM, Mar 31, 2020

Environment

Politics and peat: The One million hectare sawah project

Burgeoning industrial areas in Java have eaten up Indonesian self-sufficiency in rice production. To compensate, an area of peat swamp in Kalimantan a third the size of the Netherlands is being converted to rice land. IRIP NEWS SERVICE investigates.

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Spread the word

MELODY KEMP discovers some quiet achievers in environmental education -- who accept no foreign aid.

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Smoking gun

The fires were no natural disaster, says JOKO WALUYO. The smoking gun is in the hands of plantation companies.

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Sun, sand and smoke

Air crashes, riots, smog, and a currency crisis dented tourist arrivals in 1997. But, says ANNA KARIN EKLÖF, newly rich Asian tourists will save the industry in the long term.

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Volunteers rescue reefs

HELEN LANDYMORE found herself surveying rare birds and fish in stunning locations when she joined an Operation Wallacea expedition.

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Operation Wallacea

MARK ERDMANN explains the history of an exciting venture in reef conservation using volunteer divers.

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Mamberamo madness

Millions of hectares of pristine tropical forest and thousands of indigenous people are at risk. FRANCES CARR outlines Habibie's 'techno dream' for Irian Jaya.

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Magic on fire

The fires are merely adding to the pressure on East Kalimantan's only national park. But ALEX RYAN also finds that nature lovers have won some battles to protect its beauty.

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Villagers keep the seas alive

Coastal villagers will protect reefs if they know it is in their interest. IAN DUTTON and BRIAN CRAWFORD report on an international project that goes to the cutting edge.

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Saving Bunaken

Involved locals are saving one of the world's most beautiful marine parks

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Mar 31, 2020 - ALICE SINCLAIR, DANIELE ANTONAGLIA & MAX EAGLES

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Book Review: The Tasman Map

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