Aug 232013

The Sodong Pier, Nusakambangan Island. Nusakambangan is an island in the Indian Ocean, home to a number of maximum security prisons. TEMPO/Adi Prasetya

TEMPO.CO, Cilacap – In order to introduce the mangrove forests in Nusakambangan and Segara Anakan, the Martime Ministry will hold the Nusakambangan Festival. Tourists are hoped to be able to familiarize themselves with the mangrove forest in Nusakambangan during the festival.
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Dec 162011

Sarman Pamungkas planting trees in the district of Bukit Batu, Palangkaraya. Photo: ultimoparadiso

Borneo forest, the second world’s largest lungs after the Amazon forest in Brazil. It can be said life of the world depends on the preservation of forests in Borneo. That’s why each of deforestation in Borneo is always in the spotlight, and the United Nations (UN) puts more attention on the sustainability of forest in Borneo.

In addition to efforts to prevent deforestation, the government through the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy to build public awareness around for diligently planting trees. Continue reading »

Dec 162011


Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is a local Indonesian not-for-profit organization that is doing extraordinary work in Bali and Kalimantan (Borneo). The organization was founded in 1997 by a group of veterinarians and conservation as well as community minded Indonesians.

FNPF’s strength is in creating community-based conservation. It combines programs that directly improve local community wellbeing through education scholarships, agro-forestry and eco-tourism in order to motivate and mobilize communities to protect wildlife, restore their habitat and support conservation work.  Continue reading »

Nov 182011

A juvenile orangutans walks at a care center in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, on the island of Borneo, where hundreds of orangutans learn skills needed to survive in the wild. Photo: Associated Press

Tourists to Southeast Asia are often drawn to the region because of its diverse wildlife — including the intelligent orangutans. At the Singapore Zoo, visitors can even havebreakfast with orangutans, long a favorite of visitors to the city.

But some villagers in Indonesia — home to 90% of the 50,000 or so orangutans left in the wild — may instead eat the apes themselves for breakfast.

According to a survey of nearly 7,000 villagers in Kalimantan, part of the Indonesian island of Borneo, 750 to 1,800 orangutans were been killed between 2009 and 2010. The survey — the first of its kind — found that the animals are primarily being killed to protect farmers’ crops and for their meat, and sometimes are captured as pets. Continue reading »

Nov 142011

Photo: Courtesy of Gunung Rinjani National Park

The Provincial Government of West Nusa Tenggara and four districts in Central Lombok island are in the middle of completing the proposed filing requirements Gunung Rinjani National Park (GRNP) to be defined as the world’s geopark.

“It’s attempted to be completed later this year in order to be forwarded to the National Committee on the Proposed Geopark Submission, in the beginning of 2012 to be followed up according to procedure and mechanism proposal,” said the Head of Planning and Development (Bappeda) province of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Rosiady Sayuti, in Mataram on Saturday. Continue reading »