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Indonesia announces shark, manta ray sanctuary

Yahoo! News Singapore, February 20th, 2013

Indonesia has announced a new shark and manta ray sanctuary, the first to protect the species in the rich marine ecosystem of the Coral Triangle, known as the “Amazon of the ocean”. Environmentalists Wednesday welcomed the creation of the 46,000-square-kilometre (18,000-square-mile) protection zone, in an area at risk from both overfishing and climate change.

 

Indonesia Announces Shark, Manta Ray Sanctuary

AFP, February 20th, 2013

Indonesia has announced a new shark and manta ray sanctuary, the first to protect the species in the rich marine ecosystem of the Coral Triangle, known as the “Amazon of the ocean”. Environmentalists Wednesday welcomed the creation of the 46,000-square-kilometre (18,000-square-mile) protection zone, in an area at risk from both overfishing and climate change.

MMAF Established a Marine Conservation Partnership with TNC

Yahoo! News Indonesia, February 15th, 2013

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries signed an agreement through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Nature Consevancy (TNC) in the marine conservation areas management in Indonesia. MoU between MMAF and TNC aims to provide a legal framework for both parties to work together to improve the management of marine conservation in Indonesia.

MMAF-TNC Agreed to Manage the Marine Conservation

Antara News, February 15th, 2013

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries signed an agreement through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Nature Consevancy (TNC) in the marine conservation areas management in Indonesia. MoU between MMAF and TNC aims to provide a legal framework for both parties to work together to improve the management of marine conservation in Indonesia.

Forest Governance in the Tread Level

National Geographic Indonesia, February 14th, 2013

Although the idea has been around since issued of Law No. 41/1999 on Forestry, a new form of KPH has just seen in the last five years. Protected areas such as national parks will be managed by conservation KPH under the Ministry of Forestry. While the production KPH and protected KPH working on the forest areas outside the conservation areas, which is take responsible to the local government. KPH development is one of manifestation of forest governance reform.

MMAF, TNC Agreed to Manage the Marine Conservation

Info Publik, February 14th, 2013 

Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries signed an agreement through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Nature Consevancy (TNC) in the marine conservation areas management in Indonesia. MoU between MMAF and TNC aims to provide a legal framework for both parties to work together to improve the management of marine conservation in Indonesia.

Indonesia Proposes APEC`s Work Plan on Main Streaming Ocean Issues

Antara News, February 4th, 2013

Indonesia during the APEC Senior Officials` Meeting (SOM) has proposed a work plan on mainstreaming ocean issues towards sustainable economy, trade and investment in Asia and the Pacific. The proposal was also a part of Indonesia`s chairmanship of APEC 2013 which will be optimized by incorporating as many significant issues as possible of domestic and regional interests.

Wakatobi: Long Way to Heaven

Panorama Magazine, January 2013

This ecotourism trip describes the richness and the beauty of Wakatobi. The ecological study by The Nature Conservancy in 2003 found as many as 396 species of coral and 590 species of fish in the Wakatobi.

 

Profile – The Green Heroines

Elle Indonesia Magazine, January 2013

TNC Deputy Director for Marine Conservation Program, Gondan Renosari, is named as one of the ‘green heroines’ in Elle Magazine Indonesia. Gondan is working in an international organization The Nature Conservancy determined to make Indonesia a better place mainly through the improved management of nature. Natural wealth and natural beauty of Indonesia’s marine incomparable Gondan adds a strong motivation to go into the field of the environment and join the TNC. For Gondan, dedication and spirit of friends in the TNC was a most memorable experience during the TNC.

 

The Maritime Eden

Elle Indonesia Magazine, January 2013

Derawan Islands in East Kalimantan is mentioned as one of the ‘maritime paradise’. According to data from The Nature Conservancy,  Derawan islands in Berau is unique because it consists of a variety of ecosystems such as estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs mainly coastal. Even a track marine mammals and home to the largest population of green turtles in Southeast Asia.

 

Kitong Pu Laut, Raja Ampat

Femina Magazine, January 9th, 2013

The article highlights the ecoutourism in Raja Ampat. Kapal Kalabia is named as one of the visited objects. This ship is cooperation between Conservation International (CI) and The Nature Conservation (TNC), which gives environmental conservation education for children of primary school age in the Raja Ampat. The goal is so that the children could participate in preserving marine resources. The name Kalabia is taken from endemic species of sharks that can be found easily in Raja Ampat. This species is also called mandemor, epaulettes, bamboo shark, and walking shark. At night, this shark uses its fins to find food, just like walking on the sand. If you are lucky, you can see it swims freely in the islands.

The Winding Road to Keep the Pot

Kompas, January 6th, 2013

Until now, Raja Ampat is still threatened by the case of destructive fishing in the area. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) research in 2007-2009, showed that more than 94 percent of fishery resources in the Raja Ampat, which comprised over 610 islands, are taken by fishermen outside Raja Ampat. “The ability of people to fish is very small. Meanwhile, if the sea continues to be bombed, coral and fish died. Then, what are we going to eat? We must protect our property, “said Abdul Jalil Bahalle, Yellu’s head village in South Misool. TNC works in the South East Misool and Kofiau-Boo, both places have implemented the zoning system. Through zoning, designations of marine areas are classified into core zone, utilization zone, and other use zones. “Without community involvement, it is impossible for conservation to be done,” said Abdul Halim, Director of Marine Programs TNC. The operational cost of the TNC optimizes the potential and the power of community to protect Raja Ampat.

Protecting Raja Ampat with Sasi

Tempo Magazine, December 17th-23rd, 2012

The Raja Ampat community has traditional rights and the right to determine sasi  – which is the time of when to open or close, and the length of closing time for costum areas. The longer they close the area, the more results that can be harvested. The double harvest of the sea was one of the results of sasi, according to Abdul Halim, Director of the Nature Conservancy Marine Program. To preserve the wealth of Raja Ampat’s marine life, six conservation zones in the area has been shorted to three zone designation, the core zone, restricted use, and other uses zones. The zoning process concluded in the declaration of the South East Misool region as Custom Zone Regional Marine Conservation Area on the 28th of November. They also inaugurated three observation posts on the Waaf Island, Gamfi Island, and Jaam Island.

West Papua communities celebrate coral conservation zone

Reuters, December 12th, 2012

After a detailed four year study led by The Nature Conservancy, 366,000 hectares of reef have been designated a protected zone, divided into regions where fishing is restricted or banned entirely. “We have played the role and helping them create in term of the zoning of the protected area, we have tried to support them in training and how to monitor the patrol and now I think it’s their job to implement and make sure they are all is follow through. We will continue to support technically of course, we still have people here working very closely with the locals,” says Matt Durnin, TNC’s Regional Science Director Asia Pacific & North Asia.

‘Timai’ ritual for conservation

The Jakarta Post, December 8th, 2012

The traditional community of Misool Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, affirmed its commitment to the conservation of marine resources by declaring the Communal Zone of the Southeast Misool Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Yellu village, Misool Island. The Southeast Misool MPA is the largest part of the Raja Ampat marine protected area network. It covers 366,000 hectares and is situated in the Coral Triangle Zone, which is the world center of marine biological diversity.

People of Tuadale Foils Sea Turtles Smuggling

Timor Express, December 5th, 2012

TNC Savu Sea Project in cooperation with BBKSDA NTT, Kupang District Police and P4KKP Savu Sea Team has managed to release 19 green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Tenau Beach, Kupang on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Sea turtles with length between 40 cm – 100 cm are obtained from sea turtle catchers caught by West Kupang Police in the area of ​​ Salupu Beach, Lifuleo Village on the afternoon of December 3, 2012. Overall, the release of 19 green turtles was conducted successfully.

Customary Communities Declaration for the World Fish Sustainability

National Geographic Indonesia, November 30th, 2012

The wisdom of Misool Island communities plays an important role in safeguarding the coral triangle. Customary communities declare South East Misool Regional Marine Protected Area zoning in Yellu, South Misool District, Raja Ampat. South East Misool Regional Marine Protected Area covers an area of ​​366 thousand hectares with three designated zones, the core zone, limited-use zone and other uses zone.

Customary Zoning, Commitment to Monitor Marine Resources

Radar Papua, November 30th, 2012

Misool Island communities, Raja Ampat, are confirming awareness for marine conservation through the Customary Zoning Declaration in Yellu, South Misool District. This is an agreement between customary and religious stakeholders from all local petuanan (tribe clump) in order to preserve the sustainability of marine resources within South East Misool Regional Marine Protected Area. The inaugural ceremony marked by Timai, a ritual invoking the blessings of the ancestors or the guardians of Misool Island. The agreed zones consists of core zone, limited use zone divided into food security and tourism sub-zone, as well as sustainable fisheries and culture sub-zone.

Customary Zone is Being Made as Part of Spatial Plans

Kompas, November 29th, 2012

Regional Marine Protected Area in Raja Ampat established since 2007 will become a reference establishment of spatial plans. Declaration on Regional Marine Protected Area (KKLD) in the South East Misool, Wednesday (28/11), expressed by the customary elders and religious leaders. “Customary zone is the result of hard work and the parties have agreed the community, this will be the preparation of regional spatial regulation currently being discussed in Parliament Raja Ampat,” said Felix Urbasa, Head of Unit of the Regional Technical KKLD Raja Ampat. This declaration was followed by various parties, including Marine Program Director The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Abdul Halim. Yellu village head Abdul Jalil Bahalle, agreed that customary zone could be used in spatial plan of Raja Ampat. He said that the preparation of customs zone that is facilitated by TNC also involved Raja Ampat’s Regency.

Cultural Approach to Save the Beauty of Underwater World in Papua

Mongabay Indonesia, November 29th, 2012

Cultural approach is particularly powerful effort in introducing nature conservation and preservation. A ceremony, held in part to celebrate the birth of public commitments to protect their marine area through community involvement and supporting facilities held in Misool, 28 November, in the inauguration of Regional Marine Conservation Area in the South East Misool. Regional Marine Conservation Area is an area of ​​366 thousand hectares has designated three zones, namely core zone; restricted use zones, and other use zones. Determination of zoning through a long process for the past 4 years, involves gathering information about the condition of coral reefs, fish populations, patterns of resource use by the community, the practice of traditional resource management, and so forth. “The zoning system built jointly by the parties at Misool blends modern conservation science with local knowledge and traditional management practices, which has not been done in Indonesia,” said Marine Program Director The Nature Conservancy, Abdul Halim. In 2006, the local government of Raja Ampat, together with local communities, TNC and CI, the district became the first in Indonesia to declare a Marine Protected Area Network Area (KKLD).

People of Misool Declare the Zoning of Marine Protected Area

Berita Lingkungan, November 29th, 2012

Customary communities have declared the zoning of Misool Island Regional Marine Conservation Area (KKLD) South East Misool, Raja Ampat, Papua. They split three designated zones, namely core zone; restricted use zones, and other use zones. The overall zone is in the area of ​​Raja Ampat Islands. According to the Communication & Marketing Director TNC, Elis Hart, the celebration is packed with KKLD declaration procession ceremony held in Kampung Yellu, Misool Selatan, Raja Ampat District, (28/11) was also attended by the Regent of Raja Ampat, Drs Marcus Wanma. “I am proud that we have a strong commitment to maintaining marine resources are very important for our lives, because this resource can guarantee food security and well-being of our communities,” said Marcus Wanma as written in the press release of The Natural Conservancy (TNC) received by Beritalingkungan.com. TNC Indonesia Marine Program Director, Abdul Halim, said the TNC are much honored to be part of a vision and a strong commitment from the government and the people of Raja Ampat to encourage the wise use of marine resources.

 

Local Communities Declare Customary Zone in Raja Ampat

Kompas, November 28th, 2012

As the last bastion of the world’s marine biodiversity, Raja Ampat requires the management and protection of the various parties, especially the people. Therefore, since all these years, led International NGOs (The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International Indonesia) with Raja Ampat regency to invite local people to construct custom zone. Consideration of biodiversity and ecological research should be aligned with the needs of the economy and society. “Not only science, but more importantly local knowledge and how to align with the needs of the community. In many places, zoning based more on scientific findings without local knowledge. In Misool or Raja Ampat in general science and community should be harmonized,” said Abdul Halim, Director of Marine Programs The Nature Conservancy, on Wednesday (28/11/2012) in Raja Ampat. In this declaration the local community committed to running the custom zone. They are ready to maintain and manage the wealth of the sea Raja Ampat for sustainable living. “There should be more use of potassium or bombs to catch fish, it is misconduct for destroying marine life and our lives,” said Abdul Jahil Bahalle, Yellu village head.

 

Declaration of Protected Area in Raja Ampat

Hijauku.com, November 28th, 2012

The customary leaders and local communities of Misool today reaffirm their support for marine conservation by declaring the zoning system of the Southeast Misool Marine Protected Area (MPA) through the traditional ceremony Timai. They are declaring the zoning of Regional Marine Conservation Area (KKLD) South East Misool. The declaration of indigenous peoples on this zoning system is big mandate to the Government of Raja Ampat to ensure that the marine resources are managed sustainably in Misool. Marine Program Director The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia, Abdul Halim, said that TNC are very honored to be part of a vision and a strong commitment from the government and the people of Raja Ampat to encourage the wise use of marine resources. “The zoning system built jointly by the parties at Misool blends with modern conservation science with local knowledge and traditional management practices, which is not popular yet in Indonesia.”

 

People Ready to Declare the Customary Zoning

Radar Papua, November 27th, 2012

Customary people of Misool Island, Raja Ampat, held a customary declaration zoning to establish no-take zone as an effort to protect marine resources. The principle of maintaining this marine protected area is prioritizing on local wisdom and is expected to maintain the sustainability of marine resources in order to improve the welfare of community. Activities such as illegal fishing, destructive fishing method by using bombs and overfishing are threats in Misool MPA. In Misool alone, there are over 387 species of coral from a total of 553 species in the waters of Raja Ampat.

 

Irreplaceable Mangroves Benefits

Hijauku.com, November 18th, 2012

The report titled “Securing the Future of Mangroves” which was recently released by the United Nations University – Intitute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) explained that the construction of banks or other functions at the site of mangrove forests could damage the economic benefits of mangrove forests in the come. Mangrove forest also functions as biodiversity guards, protecting coastal areas from waves and fish breeding along the coast and offshore. Mangrove forests are also more effective in saving carbon. TNC’s Senior Marine Scientists, Mark Spalding, who helped compile the report, said: “The destruction of mangrove forests the world, three to five times faster than damage to other forests.”

 

The Irony of Seafood

National Geographic Indonesia, November 2012

The high biodiversity of coral reef ecosystems and fish makes Wakatobi designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO sites. In 2003, a survey of two environmental organizations, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with WWF-Indonesia noted the presence of up to 396 species of coral and 590 species of fish on the reef Wakatobi National Park (TNW). However, the live reef fish trade threatens biodiversity in Wakatobi. Request for an upscale restaurant in Southeast Asia is suspected to be the main trigger. Futhermore, in 2003, Hall TNW working with TNC and WWF-Indonesia found 30 fish spawning areas in Wakatobi. However, in 2007, continued monitoring by TNW only found four spawning fish that works well. The abundance of reef fish has always been the hope in the Wakatobi fishermen. Local residents have even begun to be aware of the scarcity of grouper fish in the region.

 

Reefs and mangrove deemed crucial to cut risk of disaster

The Jakarta Post, October 27th, 2012

The World Risk Report 2012 recently released by The Nature Conservancy and the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), said that the vulnerability of communities could be reduced through the conservation and management of coastal habitats, which would in turn reduce wave attenuation and erosion. Studies show that coral reefs attenuate and reduce more than 85 percent of an incoming wave’s energy. The role of reefs as barriers is something that is visually apparent from shore, as they break waves and substantially reduce the energy that would otherwise hit the shore far more directly. There is also evidence that mangrove forests provide coastal protection benefits in many circumstances, in particular from attenuating storm surges.

Indonesia Falls to 33rd in World Risk Index on Disaster Vulnerability

The Jakarta Globe, October 12th, 2012

The destruction of protective reefs, mangroves, wetlands and forested slopes has seen Indonesia drop five spots to 33rd place out of 173 countries on the World Risk Index for vulnerability to disasters. The report, released in Brussels on Thursday by the German Alliance for Development Works, the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security and The Nature Conservancy, examines the risks of and solutions for natural disasters and determines the risk of becoming the victim of a disaster as a result of natural hazards.

 

Yudhoyono receives award in NYC for green campaign

The Jakarta Post, September 26th, 2012

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono was honored by three global environmental and conservation organizations, with the first-ever “Valuing Nature Award”, for his conservation efforts. The award, given by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), was presented to the President during a dinner at the Conrad Hotel in New York. The three organizations specifically recognized Yudhoyono for his leadership in establishing the multilateral Coral Triangle Initiative, which will sustain marine and coastal resources in six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.

Indonesia’s president awarded for valuing nature

The Jakarta Post, September 26th, 2012

Three leading global environmental and conservation organizations are honoring Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with the first-ever “Valuing Nature Award” for his leadership in recognizing the importance of natural resources and working to conserve them. The award presented by The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) at a dinner in New York City, coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly meetings. The president is specifically being recognized for his leadership in establishing the multilateral Coral Triangle Initiative, which will sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources in six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.

 

SBY receives award for marine conservation

The Jakarta Post, September 25th, 2012

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the first-ever Valuing Nature Award in New York, the US, on Monday for establishing the Coral Triangle Initiative, the world’s richest marine biodiversity area that covers six countries. The award was given by the Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) at a dinner in New York. Coral Triangle Initiative – spanning from Malaysia to Solomon Islands – is a home to more than 75 percent of the world’s coral species and more than 37 percent of coral reef fish.

 

Transparency Needed in Climate Funds

The Jakarta Post, September 04th, 2012

TNC organized a discussion about “Climate Finance Readiness: Lessons Learned in Developing Countries”. The report summarizes the lessons learned regarding the financing of climate change programs in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Mexico and Peru. In the report, several new definitions are introduced, including “climate finance readiness”, which refers to a process at national and local levels through which countries can access and receive money from outside, allocate and decide where the money will be channeled to, as well as monitor and report the results of the use of the money. The thinking behind the report was to identify elements that could help governments around the world manage their climate change resources. It also aims to reflect how our governments are dealing with the issue and can, hopefully, have an impact on negotiations at the international level.

 

Report Says 85% of Coral Triangle Reefs Are at Risk

The Jakarta Globe, July 09th, 2012

More than 85 percent of reefs in Asia’s “Coral Triangle” are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution, and overfishing, a new report warned. Launched at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia it said the threat was substantially more than the global average of 60 percent and urged greater efforts to reduce destructive fishing and run-off from land. The Coral Triangle covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and East Timor and contains nearly 30 percent of the world’s reefs and more than 3,000 species of fish.

More than 130 million people living in the region rely on reef ecosystems for food, employment, and revenue from tourism, according to “Reefs at Risk Revisited in the Coral Triangle.” The benefits reefs provide are at risk, which is why concerted action to mitigate threats to reefs across the Coral Triangle region is so important.

 

Indonesia Promotes “Blue Economy” in Rio+20 Forum Meeting

Antaranews, June 24th, 2012

Government of Indonesia in Rio+20 Forum proposed the principle of “Blue Economy” in order to promote a global awareness toward marine management and coastal resources. The principle of blue economy is considered appropriate in helping the world to face the challenges of climate change, marine ecosystem which is increasingly vulnerable toward the impact of climate change and ocean acidification. This is important in order to control the global warming threat such as exhaust gas energy and carbon so the integrated sustainable development and the effort to alleviate poverty can be realized. In addition, besides discussing the Blue Economy the Government also presented the initiative in an effort to protect six million square kilometers of ocean and coastal through the Coral Triangle Initiatives (CTI), an area known as “the Amazon Sea” because of its biodiversity.

 

Yudhoyono Wins ‘Adoration’ at Rio+20 for His Green Initiatives

The Jakarta Post, June 22nd, 2012

A high-level event hosted by the Indonesian government at the Rio+20 summit in Rio de Janeiro saw leaders and distinguished speakers commending President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s style of “leading by example” in combating climate change. The executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Muir, said Yudhoyono had won the adoration of the global community for moving forward with his green agenda despite multilateral efforts under the auspices of the UN had failed to secure a global agreement on emission reductions. Muir praised Yudhoyono for his acclaimed initiatives, such as the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) and a moratorium on deforestation. Expectations have long been low for the Rio-20 gathering which is expected to have been attended by nearly 100 heads of state and government. Overall, 193 delegations are at the event. Many leaders, however, are more focused on the global economic slowdown and the debt crisis in Europe.

 

Indonesia Eco-News Review : Fisherman Still Using Bombs to Catch Fish in Indonesia

Mongabay, June 03, 2012

Although prohibited, some fishermen in Indonesia are still using fish bombs to catch fish. In fact, now they are becoming more sophisticated in their use, according to Coastal Community Development Director and Business Development Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ansori Zawawi. The practice is associated with damage to coral reefs and pollution. Blast fishing is also dangerous — last week a Lembata fisherman, Abdul Rahman was killed after a bomb detonated accidentally. Blast fishing made international headlines earlier this year when authorities revealed an area of Komodo Island’s renowned marine park had been severely damaged by illegal fishermen.

Indonesia struggles to combat shark poaching in protected areas

Washington Post, May 07, 2012                                                                                                   

Local and regional authorities in Indonesia caught 33 poachers who had taken sharks, manta rays and sea cucumbers from a marine protected area that scientists have identified as one of the sea’s most important sites. But after confiscating their illegal catch and gear, the patrol officers had to let them go. The incident left conservationists and villagers frustrated, and underscores one of the biggest challenges in protecting the ocean: Setting aside swaths of the sea from fishing only works when there’s adequate enforcement.

 

Labuan Cermin, a Mirror in the Berau Pool

The Jakarta Post, May 05, 2012

Labuan Cermin, a cove in Biduk-Biduk district, Berau regency, East Kalimantan, is famous for its unique two-flavor lake water, fresh on the surface and salty at the bottom, with different types of fish coexisting alongside one another. It is also believed to have been a bathing place for Berau kings. The gorgeous views of Labuan Cermin (Mirror Lake), likened by some to the beach Thai Phi Phi Leh Island where Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the film The Beach, is extraordinary tourist attraction. In the 1990s, Labuan Cermin was fishermen’s favorite fishing ground, offering abundant sea fish of various species like red snappers and fresh water fish. The fish have long adapted to the lake’s water conditions. After 1998, local fishermen stopped fishing in Labuan Cermin and decided to conserve the lake’s ecosystem. They began to realize the importance of conserving life-sustaining water resources in the village. The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund help setup Labuan Cermin Community Welfare Institute (Lekmalamin), a community group dedicated for conservation of Labuan Cermin.

Plunder in Paradise

Tempo, May 13, 2012

Komodo National Park is under threat from massive illegal ! shing. Boats from neighboring islands fish unchecked in the “Zona Perlindungan Bahari,” the legally protected “No-Take-Zone” of the Park. These areas are intended to serve as refuges where fish can grow undisturbed to maturity and breed. World famous for its wildlife and biodiversity, the park was established in 1980 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. From 1996, rangers started regular enforcement patrols and for some years, blast fishing and deer poaching in the park was halted.

 

Fishermen Blast Premier Dive Sites Off Indonesia

The Jakarta Post, April 20, 2012

Coral gardens that were among Asia’s most spectacular, teeming with colorful sea life have been transformed into desolate gray moonscapes by fishermen who use explosives or cyanide to kill or stun their prey. Dive operators and conservationists say the government is not doing enough to protect waters off the Komodo Islands in eastern Indonesia. They say enforcement declined greatly following the exit of a US-based environmental group that helped fight destructive fishing practices.

 

Drawing Breath in Borneo

Tempointeraktif, February 12, 2012

On January 5, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a regulation allocating almost half of Kalimantan forests for conservation. The Indonesian part of Borneo island, he said, will be the “lungs of the world.”

 

At Least 750 Orangutans Killed in a Year in Kalimantan
The Jakarta Globe, November 14, 2011

Villagers living on the Indonesian side of Borneo have killed at least 750 endangered orangutans during a year-long period, some to protect crops from being raided and others for their meat, a new survey shows. Such practices, never before quantified, are now believed to pose a more serious threat to the existence of the red apes than previously thought, Erik Meijaard, the main author of the report that appeared in the journal PLoSOne, said on Monday. The Nature Conservancy and 19 other private organizations, including the WWF and the Association of Indonesian Primate Experts and Observers, carried out the survey to get a better understanding of orangutan killings and their underlying causes.

Locals Involved in Preserving Forests
The Jakarta Post, October 10, 2011

For Marten, a resident of LesanDayak village in East Kalimantan, life was easier in the past, when he could find rattan and honey just a few steps away from his front door.“Now we need 10-20 days to find everything. The forest that used to cater to our needs has deteriorated right in front of our eyes,” he said.Concerned, Marten is now joining the NemdohNemkay community group, consisting of youths in his village, to promote ecotourism and environmental preservation. “We want to start an ecotourism project in our village, so we take tourists to see the local bekantan (prosboscis monkeys), birds, the waterfall and the giant ulin (Borneo ironwood) trees.” Marten’s community is one of several being assisted by The Nature Conservancy to create alternative livelihoods.

US, Indonesia Sign $30m Debt-for-Nature Swap
The Jakarta Globe, September 29, 2011

The United States forgave almost $30 million in Indonesian debt on Thursday, diverting the funds to tropical forest conservation on Borneo. The debt-for-nature swap is authorized under the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act, aimed at mitigating climate change by reducing deforestation which releases greenhouse gases. “We are all aware that Indonesia’s forests are facing tremendous pressure domestically and globally, due both to economic growth here and an economic crisis abroad,” said US embassy acting deputy chief of mission James Caruso. The swap is supported by the WWF and the Nature Conservancy, which will monitor disbursement of the funds to approved projects proposed by communities.

After 4 Decades, Earth Day Still Vital Event: Activists
The Jakarta Globe, April 12, 2011

On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans participated in demonstrations throughout the United States to bring attention to the alarming state of the environment in a day later immortalized as Earth Day. When the world marks Earth Day again on Friday, more than four decades after the first one, it seems people will still be fighting for the same causes — shifting to a more sustainable lifestyle, reducing pollution, protecting wildlife and more. With the same issues raised year after year, and largely by the same people, is it still worthwhile to celebrate Earth Day? Far from being discouraged, environmentalists and environment-conscious people alike plan to mark this year’s Earth Day with a variety of creative activities. Nongovernmental organization The Nature Conservancy, for one, plans to take “the planet out to lunch.”

New Bali Reef Handbook Highlights Biodiversity
The Jakarta Globe, April 3, 2011

Bali’s local government and an environmental group on Friday launched a handbook to raise awareness of biodiversity conservation efforts in the Nusa Penida marine park. The Nusa Penida Profile Book, launched in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, highlights the biodiversity of the 20,000-hectare marine conservation area established in 2010. The area supports a diverse array of species, including 296 types of coral and 576 species of fish, five of them newly discovered while carrying out research for the handbook.


Indonesia: Bali’s Riches Expose Wealth Gap
Global Post, June 16, 2011

On a large island southeast of Bali, Ibu Astuti spends her days sewing coconut palm fronds together to make delicate baskets called canang. Several times a day women place the tiny canang on the altars of village sangka, or temples. It’s a Hindu tradition that charms visitors to Bali. But unlike the women there who benefit from employment in Bali’s booming tourism industry, Astuti sees hardly any of the wealth wash her way. The Nature Conservancy is working with the Indonesian government mainly in the far-flung eastern part of the country to help establish marine protected areas that will support traditional economic activity while allowing for conservation. In Nusa Penida, where Astuti lives, these areas allow for sustainable fishing and seaweed cultivation, which employs hundreds of workers in Penida and its sister islands Ceningan and Lembongan.

East Kalimantan’s Forests Heavily Impacted, Finds New Assessment
Mongabay, June 15, 2011

30 percent of forests and peatlands in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan have been destroyed, while a substantial extent of the remainder have been damaged, finds a new assessment that identifies key areas for preservation. The study, conducted by Daemeter Consulting on behalf of The Nature Conservancy, finds that more than three-quarters of the forest in the Mahakam Lowlands has been lost since 1975. Up to 2 million hectares of natural ecosystems across the province are slated for conversion. “This ground-breaking study provides decision-makers with highly detailed HCV maps showing where the critically important forest areas are in East Kalimantan, using a priority system which was developed and approved by Indonesian stakeholders,” said Christopher Stewart, the past Manager of the HCV Resource Network, which is hosting the report. “The fate of many species lies in the hands of responsible companies, communities and individuals, and I hope that they – and the certification systems which verify the claims of responsible palm and forestry operations – willuse this tool to help conserve the last remnants of these nationally and internationally important forests.”

Berau Ready to Implement REDD plus

The Jakarta Post, March 11, 2011

Berau regency strengthens its commitment to supporting emissions reduction both at national and international levels by establishing a Berau Forest Carbon Program strategic plan and a special committee that will direct the implementation of the program.“It is an important momentum. By establishing the strategic plan and the special committee, Berau becomes the first regency ready to implement a district-wide based REDD plus program in Indonesia,” said Berau Regent H. Makmur HPAK on Thursday.The program is a partnership between the Berau regency administration, East Kalimantan provincial government, Forestry Ministry, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other NGOs and donor agencies

Reefs at Risk
Newsline, March 10, 2011

In the video report “Reefs at Risk,” Newsline hears from Abdul Halim, Indonesia Marine Program Director along with marine scientists from World Resources Institute and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, about the values of healthy reefs, the threats they face and the role of Marine Protected Areas in addressing these threats, with a focus on the Coral Triangle region. The Nature Conservancy together with WWF is supporting the efforts of the 6 nations that make up the Coral Triangle to implement their commitments under the Coral Triangle Initiative for on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food (CTI).


Bleaching and Resilience: Can Reefs Survive?
AFP, Maret 5, 2011

Red anthia fish and rainbow-coloured wrasse dart among the glittering reefs of Indonesia’s Wakatobi archipelago, as eagle rays and barracudas cruise past in the blue depths.It’s hard to believe Wakatobi is anything but a thriving marine paradise, packing a bewildering abundance of life that supports 100,000 people and contributes millions of dollars to Indonesia’s economy.But scientists are worried.Last year, coral bleaching caused by higher sea temperatures wreaked havoc across the Coral Triangle, a region of rich tropical reefs spanning much of Southeast Asia and almost all of Indonesia.Up to 70 percent of the coral in Wakatobi, off the southeastern tip of Sulawesi island, was totally or partially bleached. Experts from environmental groups The Nature Conservancy and WWF, as well as the Indonesian government, returned to Wakatobi last month to see if the marine park’s reefs had bounced back.

Helping Bleached Coral Recover
The Jakarta Post, February 24, 2011

Marine scientists have warned Indonesia’s coral reefs may experience another cycle of bleaching this year. Studies have shown 2010 was not a good year for South East Asian reefs, as unusually high or prolonged summer sea temperatures caused mass bleaching killing the majority of coral species affected. In response to mass bleaching in 2009 and 2010, The Nature Conservancy Indonesia Marine Program is building an ongoing rapid bleaching assessment funded and implemented by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Reef Check Indonesia Foundation in Aceh, Bali and Lombok.

The Jungle Book
Elle Indonesia Magazine, January 2011

In “The Jungle Book”, a special report on national parks,Elle Indonesia encourages its readers to visit and protect the last remaining forests throughout the country. The report commemorates 2011 as the UN International Year of Forests – with the theme of celebrating forests for people. The report features six national parks including Lore Lindu in Central Sulawesi, where The Nature Conservancy has been working with park authorities and neighboring communities to facilitate participatory management, support sustainable livelihood alternatives and  promote environmental education since 1995.

Indonesia’s dragons draw tourists to ‘Jurassic’ islands
The Jakarta Globe, December 22, 2010

They don’t breathe fire but Komodo dragons — the largest lizards in the world — can kill a buffalo or any one of the intrepid tourists who flock to their deserted island habitats.”I feel like I’m in the middle of Jurassic Park, very deep in the past,” said Hong Kong visitor Michael Lien during a recent trip to Komodo Island, the main habitat of the threatened Indonesian lizards. The island’s brave human inhabitants — about 2,000 in all — used to hunt wild boar and deer, thereby competing with the lizards for food. Now they are the dragons’ chief guardians. The Nature Conservancy has helped the Indonesian authorities shift the local economy into one that sustains both the human and reptilian inhabitants.

In Kalimantam, Bog Experiment, Big Hopes
Living on Earth, December 3, 2010

In the run-up to the UN-backed climate change negotiations in Cancún, National Public Radio’s “Living on Earth” takes a closer look at the Berau Forest Carbon Program, a REDD+ demonstration project in Berau District, East Kalimantan, with a focus on improved management practices in timber-producing forests – such as improving relations between timber concessions and communities, and using a ‘monocable’ winch that pulls logs through the forest with minimal damage – and its role in REDD+ system that rewards tropical countries for reducing carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, while also benefiting communities and protecting biodiversity.

Ecotourism puts Nusa Lembongan on the map
The Jakarta Post, November 25, 2010

Locals, government authorities and environmentalists in Nusa Lembongan Island have been working hand-in-hand over the last couple of years to cultivate seaweed and preserve the mangrove forest by developing it as an ecotourism site.  The ecotourism venture started taking off in 2006 at the initiative of the local community, said Marthen Welly, The Nature Conservancy’s Nusa Penida project leader. Established as a collaborative effort by local residents, Klungkung regency administration, The Nature Conservancy, and with the support of USAID-Coral Triangle Support Partnership, the area will contribute to the government’s target to protect coastal ecosystems and 20 million hectares of marine area by 2020.

Indonesia, US Sign Up to Preserve Nusa Penida’s Marine Environment
The Jakarta Globe, November 21, 2010

The Indonesian and US governments have announced a new initiative to establish a marine conservation area in the waters around Nusa Penida Island, to the southeast of Bali. The conservation area will cover 200 square kilometers of waters around the island, and become part of the larger national conservation area totaling 200,000 square kilometers across the archipelago by 2020. The Nusa Penida initiative has already received Rp 100 billion ($11.2 million) in funding from USAID, through the Coral Triangle Support Partnership, according to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad.

Better REDD than Dead
The Economist, September 23, 2010

The Economist special report on forests, “Better REDD than dead” explores both the challenges and opportunities presented by an emerging global system to reward tropical countries that demonstrably reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). As an example of what REDD+ could look like on the ground, the article focuses in on Indonesia’s Berau District, where The Nature Conservancy is working with the district, provincial and national governments to implement policies that keep trees standing. This work is taking place under the Berau Forest Carbon Program, the first REDD+ demonstration program to be implemented across an entire District.

“Surga” Lesan di Tengah KepunganSawit dan HPH
Kompas, Mei 21, 2010

Indonesian Fisherman Becomes a Local Environmental Hero
Asia Calling, May 15, 2010

Have you ever thought about how colourful aquarium fish are captured?A common method is to use cyanide bombs to temporarily stun the fish but not kill them.However in the process cyanide kills the coral reef doing lasting damage to the ecosystem.But on the small island of Nusa Penida off the coast of Bali, a local environmental hero is educating and changing the way fisherman work.This month the Marine Protection Area will be dedicated by the government.
It’s been a four-year-long process. Elis Nurhayati from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the international environmental group behind the idea, explains why it’s taken so long. “We want this vision that conservation can come hand-in-hand with development.”

Certified logging no match for Indonesia’s timber mafia

AFP, May 16, 2010

Dayak tribesman HanyeJaang didn’t know it, but he used to be part of a multi-billion-dollar “mafia” that is ravaging Indonesia’s forests and, scientists say, warming the climate.The wiry 36-year-old still cuts down trees but now he’s doing it legally in a way that minimizes damage to fragile forest ecosystems.Jaang is typical of the tribesmen who work for PT Belayan River Timber at its 97,500-hectare (241,000-acre) concession near Samarinda on southeastern Borneo. With assistance from the US-based Nature Conservancy, the company is seeking to have its timber products certified by the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as sustainably harvested.



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