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ASEAN is rising to the climate-change challenge facing agriculture and forestry

ASEAN is rising to the climate-change challenge facing agriculture and forestry

  At a meeting in Lombok, Indonesia, representatives of ASEAN working groups agreed to strengthen their collaboration to reduce risks and maximize security in the food, agriculture and forestry sectors The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is...

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Little ground for optimism for the future of forests in #Indonesia’s #Riau Province | Maximos’ Blog

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Some would argue that the forests of Indonesia were undisturbed until recently but there can never be virgin rainforest once people are present.  Beginning as far back 40 000 years ago a process of incremental transformation unfolded along the Indonesian archipelago. This was sustainable change all but invisible yet the very languages and cultures of the archipelago’s forest people were enmeshed and entwined in this process. For the most part, given the low population densities, it left closed canopy forest undisturbed, except for swidden[1] clearings.

Swidden or shifting cultivation had minimal impact on closed canopy rainforest unlike the more recent Slash and Burn farming techniques.

Almost 30 years ago, on an extended four-month journey through East Kalimantan and Sumatra, my expectation was an encounter with myriad plants and animals, of complex ecosystems optimising life forces and climaxing in total profusion.  How wrong I was. Along East Kalimantan’s Mahakam river deforestation was extensive, rafts of logs floated down the great river, the prima

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Cracking the candlenut challenge

Cracking the candlenut challenge

Candlenut in West and East Nusa Tenggara provinces in Indonesia can potentially provide additional income for farmers but post-harvest handling is necessary.   By Enggar Paramita*   If you visit the Indonesian provinces of West or East Nusa...

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Lack of knowledge may impede economic potential

Lack of knowledge may impede economic potential

Farmers in Java and Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia lack information on teak cultivation and non-timber forest products, leaving them with inadequate skills to improve their livelihoods.   By Enggar Paramita*   Aside from irrigated rice, horticulture and plantation crops, both...

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