first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Activism, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Forestry, Forests, Freedom of Information, Governance, Mapping, Palm Oil, Rainforests, Transparency, Tropical Forests Forest Watch Indonesia has been trying to force the Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning to release in full the maps of oil palm companies’ concessions, known as HGUs.The Supreme Court’s decision hands the NGO a victory in its freedom of information request, launched in 2015.Once it receives the hard copies of the documents, FWI will scan and upload them on its website. Indonesia’s highest court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo’s administration to hand over detailed maps of land on which oil palm companies have been licensed to operate, adding momentum to a civil society push for greater transparency over the management of the country’s vast natural resources.A year and a half ago in response to a freedom of information request filed by Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), the country’s Central Information Commission ordered the Ministry of Land and Spatial Planning to release the documents, known as HGUs. The ministry’s appeals have proven unsuccessful.A plantation firm’s HGU includes the precise boundaries, coordinates and area of its concession, as well as the company’s name. The ministry had agreed that sharing the former presented no problem but argued that releasing the permit holder’s name violated its privacy.The NGO only requested the HGUs for Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo island.Pressure groups like FWI and Greenpeace, which is fighting a battle of its own over data held by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, want the HGUs in order better monitor an industry rife with illegality. Oil palm companies routinely clear outside of their licensed areas, destroying forests and community lands with little oversight from local officials.Companies have been loathe to share their maps, even though many promised to do in 2013 as part of their obligation as members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the world’s largest association for ethical production of the commodity. Some planters have argued that publication will expose them to extortion by local saboteurs or advantage their competitors. Ultimately, growers in Indonesia and Malaysia, the source of most of the world’s palm oil, have claimed to want to release the maps but insisted that doing so would violate the law.FWI chief Christian Purba said that once the ministry hands over the hard copies, the NGO will scan and upload the data to its website.Banner image: Oil palm fruit in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Palm oil is used in everything from chocolate to lipstick and laundry detergent. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabaycenter_img Article published by mongabayauthorlast_img read more

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first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The government in Central Kalimantan’s West Kotawaringan Regency plans to construct a reservoir adjacent to Lake Gatal.Many in Rungun Village, a fishing community that relies on the lake, fear the project will leave them without a source of income.The project also threatens to flood fields, houses and sacred sites, community members say. CENTRAL KALIMANTAN, Indonesian Borneo — Dense vegetation presses up to the banks of the Lamandau River, with tree branches dropping low overhead to form a natural tunnel. Occasionally, the calls of birds echo through the surrounding forest as our boat motors through.About 45 minutes after passing a fork in the river, the landscape opens, and Lake Gatal lies wide in front of us. Fishermen in small boats head toward the lake, seeking catfish, snakeheads and other freshwater fish.But despite the tranquil surroundings, fishers on the lake are filled with deep misgivings due to a government plan to create a reservoir by damming the river about 600 meters from the lake.“We are afraid that access to Lake Gatal will become difficult, because we hear the river will be dammed. If it’s dammed, our boats cannot pass anymore,” said Gusti Hidayat, a fisherman from Rungun Village, located in the Kotawaringan Lama subdistrict of Central Kalimantan’s West Kotawaringin Regency.Like many in Rungun Village, Hidayat also is concerned that his catch will be reduced if the project is completed. At 15-20 kilograms (33-44 pounds) of fish per day, he said his average haul is already far below the lake’s heyday, when catches could reach 100 kilograms per day.“Also, if it’s dammed, and at any later time the reservoir breaks, our village will be affected,” he told Mongabay.The local government, on the other hand, says the project will provide a reliable source of freshwater to surrounding districts during the dry season. “The government’s aim is to contain the water that is in the lake,” explained Sayuti, the project contractor, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name. “Later, it will be used to provide clean water and also for tourism. Water will not go directly into the river. We will build a floodgate.”The project will require an estimated 10,000 cubic meters of earth to build the dam and embankment, and according to the design the dam itself will be 10 meters (33 feet) high. According to Sayuti, the budget for the project this year amounted to 12 billion rupiah (about $900,000), for building a dam and entrance channel as well as for related road construction.Fishing activities in Lake Gatal. Local fishers fear a dam would block the passage of boats from the river to the lake. Photo by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay-Indonesia.The traditional leader of Rungun Village, Muhamad Baid, said he is opposed to the plan, along with most of the community. He said residents do not support the construction of a reservoir, fearing it will block access to the lake and could lead to flooding of their land and homes.“We insist that our lake remains as it is now. Because out of the 400 families of Rungun Village, the majority are fishers in this lake. We want Lake Gatal to stay natural, as it is today,” Baid said, adding that he had organized a petition against the development that will be submitted to the regent and the local parliament.In addition to blocking access to the lake, Baid said the reservoir would threaten the residents’ crops, particularly plots of oil palm oil owned by residents who supply oil to the PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro palm oil company. He fears that if the lake is dammed, about four of these oil palm plots could be submerged.Even those residents who serve as palm oil suppliers cannot completely rely on agricultural income, Baid said: “They only make 750,000 to 1 million rupiah per month (about $56-75).” This is not enough to live on, so the fish caught from Lake Gatal are the primary livelihood for the people of Rungun Village, he explained.Rungun Village residents pray at a grave site near Lake Gatal. Photo by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay-Indonesia.Sacred sitesCommunity members also raise concerns about the impact the project would have on religious and cultural sites near the lake.According to Rohadi, a local Islamic scholar, around 20 graves of ancestors and clerics that are sacred to the local people lie just beside the lake. The area also holds the remaining traces of an Islamic boarding school where the family of the Kotawaringin Sultanate — a historical dynasty — once studied, he said.Such historical sites should not be lost to build a reservoir, Rohadi argued. “Hopefully the government can give an explanation,” he said. “As a religious scholar, my observation is that everything depends on the benefits. If you bring benefits, blessings, comfort, yes, please come. But if, for example, this project brings suffering for the people, do not.”Government response“We are trying to understand why there is opposition from the people, but for the time being there does not seem to be any common ground,” said Subdistrict Head Yudi Harun.Harun said his team is currently coordinating with the new regent of West Kotawaringan.“The regent’s response is that if there are obstacles from the community, these must be resolved first,” Harun said. However, he added, “we must complete it.”The wave of opposition from Rungun Village is quite large, Harun confirmed. He said he has asked that the development project be reviewed and communication opened with residents about why they are against the project.Harun also claimed never to have seen the project’s environmental impact assessment, which he said it beyond the bounds of his authority: “My access does not go this high. I do not yet have the full picture.”Fish caught from Lake Gatal by the fishers of Rungun Village. Photo by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay.A different pathMardani, a local organizer for the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), criticized the lack of community outreach about the project. Communities should be involved from the beginning, he said, in order to ensure that such projects move forward by mutual consent and without any parties feeling aggrieved.AMAN plans to map customary landholdings in Rungun Village, Mardani said. “This traditional community plans to map their customary territory so that they have the power of the law behind them. So far, they have not had recognition of their customary territory.”According to Mardani, the government is obliged to protect the indigenous people of Rungun Village, including their livelihoods. Opposing the construction of a dam does not mean rejecting development, he said, but measures must be taken to ensure development programs do not damage the environment and the livelihoods of the area’s people.Meanwhile, according to Mardani, if Lake Gatal is maintained authentically and sustainably, it has great potential to become a tourist destination. Tourists who come to Lake Gatal can not only see the beauty of nature, but also learn about the culture and customs of the surrounding community, he said.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesian team and was first published on our Indonesian site on June 11, 2017.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Dams, Environment, Fishing, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Land Rights, Rainforest People center_img Article published by Isabel Estermanlast_img read more

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