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12 June 2015 Indonesia

Strategy of anti-encroachment in the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra: Towards new paradigms

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS) was inscribed in the Natural World Heritage list in 2004 by World Heritage Committee (WHC)-UNESCO for its unique natural beauty, the importance of its habitats for the conservation of endemic species, and the significant role of its on-going ecological and biological processes in its ecosystems to the global landscape. TRHS comprises three widely separated National Parks (NP); Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan. They cover a total area of 2.5 million hectares, constituting one of the biggest conservation areas in Southeast Asia.

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21 January 2015 Indonesia

TBI Indonesia Staff Appointed as Chairman of the HCVNI’s Executive Board

The High Conservation Value Network Indonesia (HCVNI) was established in April 2011 as a response to the increasing concerns in Indonesia regarding the absence of an entity to improve and to share the knowledge and skills that could eventually improve the quality of HCV assessments. From October 2014, Kresno D. Santoso of Tropenbos International Indonesia has been appointed as the Chairman of the Executive Board of HCVNI. He will hold the position for the period of 2014-2017.

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30 September 2014 Indonesia

Cultural Performance Marks TBI Indonesia’s New Office Opening

Until now, TBI Indonesia occupied two offices - in Balikpapan and in FORDA building, Bogor. In June 2014, TBI moved to Jl. A. Yani, Bogor. A traditional Javanese “Wayang Kulit” performance enlivened the opening of Tropenbos International Indonesia’s new office on Friday, 19 September 2014. The performance presented a story titled “Sumilaking Pedhut Wirata” or “The Vanishing Fog of Wirata”, a part of the popular epic of Mahabharata. The performance was special because the dalang (the storyteller) was not a professional artist, but Dr. Edi Purwanto, the Program Director of TBI Indonesia. Dr. Purwanto said that combining culture and forest management is viewed as something crucial at landscape level.

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19 May 2014 Indonesia

HCV concept at stake

The Jakarta Post - Indonesia has set aside 22.8 million hectares of conservation area in the form of national parks and reserves; however, the effectiveness of the management protecting these reserves and forests remains unproven. Deforestation has been unchecked, and occurs even in areas that have high value and vulnerable ecosystems, such as heath forest, peat swamp forest or endangered species habitat.

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27 January 2014 Indonesia

Bigger commitment for forest landscape restoration in Indonesia

The landscape approach is becoming more and more relevant as it links forest, biodiversity people, and livelihoods. To guarantee its appropriate implementation, strong coalitions and commitments towards sustainable development are needed from every party, including the private sector. This was one of the main issues raised at the national workshop “Systematization of Forest Productivity Improvement through the Landscape Restoration Program in Indonesia”, conducted in Lombok Island, Indonesia, 5th – 6th December 2013.

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20 January 2014 Indonesia

Oil Palm Plantation: the Major Cause of Deforestation?

Oil palm plantation is often blamed as the major cause of forest loss and deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. Deforestation, as well as other forms of land use change resulting from the development of new plantations, is also considered to be a large source of GHG emissions. These issues were addressed in two papers titled “Oil palm and land use change in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea” and “Historical CO2 emissions from land use and land use change from the oil palm industry in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea” published in November 2013 by the Working Group of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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