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Indonesian environmentalist activity – world wide concerns

John A MacDougall

Environmentalist activity in Indonesia these days exemplifies worldwide concerns. So worldwide portals like Earth Trends (http://earthtrends.wri.org) provide neat conceptual categories to help grasp broader patterns behind daily headlines. Hold your cursor over each of the ten environmental issues at the top. Then hit ‘Country Profiles’ each time it appears. Then click on ‘Indonesia’ to get ten Indonesia-specific factsheets, one for each issue.

Eco-Portal (http://www.environmentalsustainability.info) is a valuable specialised worldwide site which focuses on environmental sustainability. It is part of a portal family including Forest Conservation (http://forests.org), ClimateArk (http://www.climateark.org), and Water Conserve (http://www.waterconserve.info).

InfoMine (http://www.infomine.com) does a comparable job for mining issues. Hit ‘Countries,’ then ‘Indonesia’ to arrive at CountryMine for copious local news and pertinent links. A local Indonesian site, MiningIndo (http://www.miningindo.com) offers yet more.

Indonesia also offers Terranet (http://www.terranet.or.id), its own major environment and sustainable development portal. You can profitably work your way through TerraDirektori (http://www.terranet.or.id/terradirektori.php), its links page.

Many international organisations mount significant environmental projects in Indonesia. CIFOR, Center for International Forestry Search, (http://www.cifor.cgiar.org) hosts a highly trafficked site. Type ‘Indonesia’ in its search box to get more studies than you can ever read. World Wildlife Fund (http://www.wwf.or.id) describes its current Indonesia projects on its webpage. So do Conservation International (http://www.conservation.or.id), Nature Conservancy (http://nature.org/wherewework/asiapacific/indonesia), Global Forest Watch (http://www.globalforestwatch.org/english/indonesia), and Orangutan Foundation http://orangutan.org), to cite just a few. Download the 117-page report, The State of the Forest: Indonesia, (http://www.globalforestwatch.org/common/indonesia/sof.indonesia.english.pdf).

The official Environment Ministry site (http://www.menlh.go.id) is impressive though somewhat eclectic. On the homepage, you may want to see the extensive collection of national and regional environment laws and regulations by highlighting the drop-down menu labelled ‘Peraturan’ (Regulations).

Read complete, current issues of the magazine Serasi (http://www.menlh.go.id/archive.php?action=branch&cat=4). There is also a modest, searchable Digital Library (Perpustakaan Digital) (http://perpustakaan.menlh.go.id). Learn about environmental impact assessment via its AmdalNet (http://www.menlh.go.id/amdalnet).

I found the official Forestry Department site (http://www.dephut.go.id) more satisfying. There are extensive forestry thematic maps (http://www.dephut.go.id/INFORMASI/INTAG/M_Tema.htm) which you can keep clicking to