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…

Apakah sistem pangan dunia terganggu?

Apakah laporan EAT – Lancet itu? Laporan EAT – Lancet adalah dokumen terbaru dan dipublikasikan mempunyai pesan-pesan penting yang berkaitan dengan perilaku diet. Pada dasarnya laporan tersebut mengatakan bahwa kita harus melakukan lebih banyak diet sehat yang lebih ramah lingkungan. Laporan tersebut dikemas dengan informasi, data, ide dan rekomendasi. Mengapa pengetahuan perilaku diet itu penting…

Talk shows and text messages in Kenya’s Rift Valley

This story is the second in a three-part series. Read part one, Barking up the same tree in Kenya’s Rift Valley. “How can we prevent our rivers from drying?” “Why have we been restricted from sand harvesting from the rivers?” “How can I join my community forest association?” “I’m a herbalist. Can you support me…

Tree love this Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Forests News asked staff at Center for International Forestry Research Center (CIFOR) about their true love. Here’s what they had to say: Robert Nasi, Director-General of CIFOR My one tree love is the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) – A giant that grows upside down, stores water when there is none, whose fruits and…

Palm oil: Smallholder expansion into peatlands on the rise

The popular narrative about palm oil in Borneo is a David-and-Goliath story. Deforestation and peatland conversion is largely driven by big business growing oil palm in industrial plantations and exporting to overseas markets, the story goes – while smallholders generally convert tiny patches of existing cropland and produce comparatively few negative environmental impacts. Media articles…