Feb 26, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

Environment

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

Samarinda’s deadly mining pits

The end of the boom has not meant an end to the perilous impact of coal mining in East Kalimantan

Transboundary haze 

A regional problem with a regional cause  

Review: Palm oil and patronage

An investigation into the transboundary haze and the palm plantations in Indonesia

Punkrock and global protest culture

An environmental movement is generating new forms of resistance by fusing traditional and contemporary Balinese art with social media

Certification: curse or blessing?

At a workshop in Bali, experts reflect on the sustainable production of Indonesia’s cash crops

Negotiating adat

The Kasepuhan community are at the cutting edge of a movement to restore customary forest rights

Haze of democracy

Elections are fuelling the forest fires in Central Kalimantan

Trials of a mother

For women giving birth in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and other rural and remote parts of Indonesia, adequate facilities and trained health workers are not easily reached

Maukah saya menjadi petani?

Para pemuda yang tinggal di desa berbasis pertanian menjelaskan keraguan dan aspirasi mereka tentang masa depan di bidang pertanian

How vulnerable is Indonesia to future climate change?

To understand the future of Indonesian precipitation, climate scientists are looking into the distant past

Would I like to be a farmer?

Rural youth in rice-growing villages explain their doubts and aspirations about a future in agriculture

An ongoing environmental challenge

More action is needed if Indonesia is to slow its current world record rate of forest loss

Making the Millennium Development Goals real

Indonesian policy-makers need to reflect on the challenges of implementing the MDGs as they prepare for the post-2015 agenda

An agrarian reform agenda for Jokowi

Jokowi must accommodate customary rights lest his development agenda spur land conflicts

Wild West Batur

Beyond the tourism and real estate frontiers in Bali is a small branch of the global resource frontier.

Business and politics in Indonesia’s expanding palm oil sector

Indonesia needs political reform, not just legal prosecution, to eradicate corruption in palm oil plantations

Mining paradise

Local communities resist mining development on Sulawesi’s Bangka Island

Bird’s nest boom

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

Overprotection is not the answer

Food self-sufficiency in Indonesia is a valid problem but so far the government has only provided counterproductive solutions

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