Biofuel ramah lingkungan tawarkan manfaat finansial bagi warga lokal

Meski memiliki potensi besar sebagai sumber energi berkelanjutan, bioenergi belum bisa memenuhi kebutuhan energi global. Produksi bahan bakar nabati sesuai dengan skala yang diperlukan untuk pemenuhan energi dunia tentu memerlukan lahan luas bagi perkebunan produksi komoditas, selain juga berpotensi mengancam ketahanan pangan. Bioenergi terbentuk dari sumber terbarukan, dari tanaman dan sisa tanaman. Pendapat para peneliti, melalui…

CIFOR and Indonesia government renew contract to protect forests

“Forests and forest resources are crucial for Indonesia and the world fighting climate change,” said Director-General of Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Robert Nasi, in his opening address at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with CIFOR and the Indonesian government last week. Since 1997 CIFOR has called Indonesia its home. The sprawling…

Turning on the lights in eastern Indonesia

As a city dweller in Indonesia, I am blessed with an abundance of privilege. I have 24/7 access to the most updated information, thanks to an internet that is powered by a constant electricity supply. Yet, for a large number of the Indonesian population, this is not the case. Looking at a nighttime satellite photograph…

Tension and transformation in the patriarchy

Kenya – When Jackline Cheplang’at began teaching fellow community members about gender and conservation issues in Kenya’s traditionally patriarchal Rift Valley region, she expected some pushback. But she didn’t expect to be physically assaulted for what she was saying. Cheplang’at is a passionate member of her local Water Resource Users Association (WRUA), which works on…

Kelapa sawit: Meningkatnya ekspansi petani ke lahan gambut

Narasi populer mengenai kelapa sawit di Kalimantan adalah kisah David dan Goliath. Deforestasi dan konversi lahan gambut terutama dilakukan oleh bisnis besar pengembang kelapa sawit dalam perkebunan industrial dan mengekspornya ke pasar luar negeri. Kisah ini terus berberkembang. Sementara petani yang umumnya mengolah petak kecil lahan, menimbulkan dampak negatif lingkungan yang relatif kecil. Artikel media…