The Management of Perkumpulan FWI 2015-2018

Dear fellow of FWI and environmentalists, … We are glads to inform you that FWI’s meeeting have been conducted on Tuesday (June 16th, 2015). As the highest decision-making forum in this organization, the members meeting has formulated and set some strategic decisions in the context of the sustainability of the organization, whether it is related to membership, nor the strategic agenda associated with the leadership of this organization. The composition of the executive boards of the Association FWI 2015-2018, consisting of: Executive Board Chairman: Christian Purba (for the period 2015-2016) Secretary: Soelthon Gussetya Nanggara Treasurer: Angela Pora   Board of Trustees Chairman: Togu Manurung (for the period 2015-2016) Member 1: …;

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Book Review of State of the Indonesian Forest Report 2009-2013

The book entitled State of Indonesian Forest Report 2009-2013 has been compiled based on information on forest cover as a results of interpretation of satellite images and maps of terrestrial, elaborated with the data and the official report of the government and institutions of environmentalists. We are aware that there are major challenges in the process of collecting the data and produce a comprehensive report, but the process is undertaken because it has been very important for the sustainability of natural forests in Indonesia. What is the area of Indonesia’s natural forests remaining? What is the rate of destruction of natural forests in Indonesia? What is the cause of the …;

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Launching State of the Forest Indonesia 2009-2013

The book entitled State of Indonesian Forest condition is based on information on forest cover interpretation of satellite imagery results and maps terrestrial, elaborated with data and official reports from the state and of the institutions environmentalists. Although aware that there are major challenges in the process of collecting the data and produce a comprehensive report, but this process should be undertaken as to be especially important for the sustainability of natural forests in Indonesia. …;

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Stacking the Stone, Learning from the Ciptagelar Forests

A few months ago, Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) has been connected with an indigenous group who manage their customary territory in the Southern Banten, namely Kasepuhan Ciptagelar. In essence, Kasepuhan Ciptagelar asks FWI’s assistance to document and map out their customary land. However, ability to work with map (in FWI) yet stills not enough to facilitate participatory mapping process. In order to do that, FWI ask JKPP (a network for participatory mapping) to assist on the processes. As we agreed before, in mid September 4 FWI’s and 1 JKPP’s staffs heading to Ciptagelar and to initiate the process of documentation and mapping the customary land. At this time, actually there …;

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Wealthy Mandors on top of Villagers Disappointment

The story is taken from my personal experience in the past. When I was a little boy, I live with my parents in a small village by the teak forests. Gunungsari is the name of our village, which is administratively located in the regency of Ngawi, East Java. Like most villages in Ngawi, Gunungsari become an arid village in a dry season. Water is very limited and usually only found in the drying stream or in the paddy fields. Some people there said that the remaining water in the dry season is only suitable for birds to drink. That’s why water is become very valuable for the villagers. They dig …;

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