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Harry Jacques

FEATURE-Eco-friendly Eid - the Indonesian women on a mission to plant trees

May 12 2021

SUKOHARJO, Indonesia, May 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a grass verge by a road dissecting miles of rice fields in Central Java province, a group of volunteers with 'Aisyiyah, Indonesia's oldest Islamic women's movement, walk along a row of mahogany, sengon and teak trees they recently planted.

FEATURE-Betting on bamboo: Indonesian villages struggle to source safe, green power

Apr 19 2021

SALIGUMA, Indonesia, April 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - C utting through the glassy water of a mangrove-fringed inlet on the east coast of Indonesia's Siberut island, Mateus Sabojiat and Anjelina Sadodolu arrived home by canoe to Saliguma village.

Treetop sensors help Indonesia eavesdrop on forests to curb illegal logging

Feb 10 2021

SOLOK, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Clipped onto a rope, climbing high up in a tree swaying in gusts of wind, Topher White finally reaches the roof of the rainforest and opens a laptop to run checks on a machine he built to transmit 24-hour live sound from the surrounding forest.

Small farmers jailed for Sumatra fires as companies duck blame

Nov 24 2020

BENGKALIS, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Firefighter Ibnu Hajar stopped near the top of a wrought-iron observation tower in Bengkalis on Indonesia's Sumatra island, and looked inland over miles of oil palm trees planted up to the edge of the northeastern coastline. 

Illegal logger turns firefighter to defend Indonesia's peatlands

Oct 19 2020

SIAK, Indonesia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Setiono Ono pauses his morning wildfire patrol near the northeastern coast of Sumatra island at a small timber dam between a logged area and an oil palm plantation.

Indonesian farmers walk 1,800-km to protest against evictions

Aug 25 2020

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 100 Indonesian farmers gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta on Monday, having walked about 1,800 km (1,118 miles) from the island of Sumatra to protest against forced evictions from their lands.

Indonesian farmers walk 1,800-km to protest against evictions

Aug 24 2020

JAKARTA, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 100 Indonesian farmers gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta on Monday, having walked about 1,800 km (1,118 miles) from the island of Sumatra to protest against forced evictions from their lands.

Indonesia inches forward on community forest goal, hobbled by pandemic

Aug 06 2020

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia has cut back its planned transfer of state forests to local communities this year by half - an area twice the size of Los Angeles - because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Indonesia's push to cut red tape sparks forest fire concerns

Jul 15 2020

JAKARTA, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia's plans to cut red tape to attract investment could lead to an increase in forest clearing and fires, environmentalists warned on Wednesday, as lawmakers continued to debate the measures ahead of a scheduled recess this week.

As fog clears on benefits of forest protection, excuses for failure wear thin

Jul 09 2020

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global efforts to stop the destruction of tropical forests have faltered so far largely because poor understanding of the value of preserving them has led to weak political will - a barrier that may be overcome with stronger evidence of their benefits.

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