27 January 2020 Indonesia
Forest fires have been wreaking havoc in large parts of Indonesia, most of them set deliberately to clear land for oil palm plantations. A recent government moratorium on expanding oil palm in forest areas could help preventing forest fires in the future, but the lack of accurate spatial data is a main barrier to implement the moratorium, says Edi Purwanto.
30 October 2019 Indonesia
Cases of forest and land fires (karhutla) in Kalimantan province including in Ketapang district seem to have become an annual routine. Fires occur almost every dry season, especially during the extreme droughts due to the effect of El Nino. Natural factors such as the prolonged summer, human factors such as negligence, or a combination of both certainly put some effects. It is difficult to determine the exact cause of the fires that often cause "presumption" or finding for a “scapegoat" as a justification for the theory on paper. However, there is no smoke without fire, no effect without cause.
30 October 2019 Indonesia
The policy of the Environment and Forestry Ministry to encourage regional governments to ensure non-state forest areas (APL) to have good forest cover and high biodiversity values as essential ecosystem areas (KEE) has received warm response from conservation NGOs.
07 July 2019 Indonesia
Jakarta, JS Luwansa Hotel, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Dr. Edi Purwanto, Director Yayasan Tropenbos Indonesia (TI), was invited by the Indonesian Business Council on Sustainable Development (IBCSD) to share ideas on efforts to mainstream ecosystem and environment conservation in the mining sector.
29 May 2019 Indonesia
Directorate of Essential Ecosystem Areas Management (BPKEE), Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), as part of their role to provide norm, standards and guidance to regional government, have been in the process of developing guidance on stakeholder mapping (SM) and engagement (SE) on KEE (Essential Ecosystem Areas) development. On Tuesday, 28 May 2019, Director of Tropenbos Indonesia, Edi Purwanto was invited by BPKEE to present his ideas on this issue, his inputs during the meeting is summarized below.
22 May 2019 Indonesia
Since February 2019, Tropenbos Indonesia has been supporting KKI WARSI in the identification of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in West Sumatra Province. The concept of HCV that was formerly applied in forestry sector has now been widely adopted in other sectors. Today, conservation advocacy and various kinds of land use planning have also incorporated HCV concept to manage and increase conservation functions and values of the managed areas.