Only two days into my new job as Visual Communications Officer for EIA, I found myself on a plane to Jakarta, Indonesia. EIA Visuals Specialist Paul Redman, Nanang Sujana, two campaign staff and I travelled to the forest community of Muara Tae, in East Kalimantan, East Borneo, to run workshops in research techniques, photography, film, [...]
It’s the colours and the sounds that are most striking. We had spent two days walking through lush, verdant forest – the last ancestral forests of Muara Tae. The close, varied greens teeming with life could not have stood in greater contrast to the landscape that now stood in front of us. A monochrome, muddy yellow [...]
“If you walk down through the forest, you will walk past our nursery and then you will see the river. You can take a bath there and we can eat dinner afterwards,” said Pak Asuy, a village elder of Muara Tae. Deep in the interior of East Kalimantan, we were there to meet up with [...]
It’s the final EIA blog post of 2011, an ideal time to reflect on some of our major successes during the year. You could be forgiven for supposing that the thousands of news stories filling the airwaves and acres of newsprint throughout the year are largely the result of diligent news gatherers following up tip-offs [...]
As the plane dipped to one side, the window revealed a sea of deep green below. Thousands of trees packed together like tiny cotton balls, their canopies forming a roof over one of nature’s greatest shows. Beneath, a beguiling cast of orang utans and gibbons, birds and insects. Just a few decades ago this majestic [...]
Recent news from Indonesia on revisions made to the Papua Provincial Spatial Plan, made public this month, gives rise to significant hopes that large areas of Papua’s forests may be saved from conversion to plantations and agricultural estates, at least in the short-to-medium term.