Jul 15, 2020 Last Updated 11:50 PM, Jul 2, 2020

Environment

Bird’s nest boom

Bird’s nest boom

Indonesia’s efforts to supply delicacies to China are evolving in surprising directions

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Feeding Indonesia

Feeding Indonesia

Food security is an urgent policy problem in Indonesia but opinions are divided about how best to feed the poorest and most vulnerable

Thushara Dibley and Eve Warburton

Indonesia is a country with a rapidly expanding middle class and a growing economy. Its neighbours are taking more notice, and Indonesia now plays a pivotal role in regional politics. Yet for many Indonesians, the daily task of feeding their families can be a real challenge. Even with government subsidies, Indonesia has the most expensive rice in the region. The government's commitment to reducing heavy fuel subsidies is expected to impact the price and accessibility of rice and other basic foodstuffs. Poor families are the most vulnerable in this situation.

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No-take zones

Freeing shovelnosed ray, Bobby Anderson

In West Papua province’s Raja Ampat islands, a local fisheries conservation initiative is setting a global standard

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Preserving landscapes

Preserving landscapes

Budi Brahmantyo continues a lineage of scientific art for which West Java’s natural resources have provided the subject

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Fighting to survive

Fighting to survive

A small community in Southeast Sulawesi is engaged in an ongoing quest for recognition of its right to live on its ancestral land

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The energy challenge

The energy challenge

Indonesia is rich in renewable energy but government policies foster reliance on fossil fuels

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Taking action in the provinces

Taking action in the provinces

Officials in Papua and Riau want to prevent deforestation, but they need concrete action and resources from the national government, not just talk and instructions

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Climate justice

Climate justice

Climate change is compounding the environmental and social justice problems confronted by marginalised communities: a multi-faceted movement is needed in response

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Selling the wind

Selling the wind

Aceh experiments with a major REDD project, but without involving local people

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