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Below you will find a collection of photos from Indonesia. Pictures were taken by Rhett A. Butler in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. While these images are the property of mongabay.com, it may be permissible to use them for non-commercial purposes (like powerpoint presentations and school projects), provided that the images are not altered in any form. Please read this for more details. If you are interested in using an image in a publication please contact me.


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Tiger beetle



Oil palm plantation with the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park in the background



Sweat bees emerging from a hive



Fungi on a rainforest tree



Tree frog



Giant yellow planarian in the rain forest of Indonesia



Orange-eyed purple crab



Jungle tree in Ujung Kulon NP



Strangler fig beginning to take hold on a rainforest tree



Multicolored beetle



Large Orangutan Looking into Camera



Lowland rain forest in Java


Adult male Proboscis monkey (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Adult male Proboscis monkey



Orangutan



Mother tarsier and baby


Pomelo (Jerunga) fruit (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Pomelo (Jerunga) fruit



Dragonfly with rainbow wings



Fallen rainforest tree in Java's Ujung Kulon N.P.



Frog



Male wild boar


Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)



Bridge over a rainforest creek



The ceiling of the rain forest, as seen from below



Chopped down rainforest tree



Leaf-like katydid



Tarsier


Mt. Semeru, the tallest volcano on Java, erupting (Java)
Mt. Semeru, the tallest volcano on Java, erupting. Borobudur is located outside of Yogjakarta .



Crested black macaque



Red Leaf Monkey (Presbytis rubicunda)



Gecko


Palawa village (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palawa village



Mother and baby orangutan on the ground



Traditional fishing boat



Large rainforest tree



Dock near Sunur



Peucang Island forest



Red-eyed dragonfly



Pile of round logs at an Indonesia sawmill



Orangutan



Rhino Protection Unit on patrol in Ujung Kulon's lowland rainforest



Bornean Flying leopard tree frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)



Ship off Peucang Island



Boat off Peucang Island



Airplane view of peatland being drained and cleared in Borneo



Fallen rainforest flower



RPU patrol paddling toward Ujung Kulon



Coastline near the village of Sunur, West Java


Sunset over the rice fields of Ubud (Ubud, Bali)
Sunset over the rice fields of Ubud



Thomas' Leaf Monkey



Mama Orangutan with baby in her lap



Sunda Rusa (Rusa timorensis)


Colorful house among green rice fields of south Sulawesi (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Colorful house among green rice fields of south Sulawesi


Yellow and brown toad in Sulawesi (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Yellow and brown toad in Sulawesi.



Waves breaking on the ocean-side coastline of Peucang Island



Javan Rusa



Orange and yellow flowers



Orangutan with Large Face Plate



Rice terraces at Gunung Kawi



Dani man in traditional ceremonial dress



Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)



Peucang Island rainforest


Swamp forest along the Seikonyer River (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Swamp forest along the Seikonyer River



Orangutan discovers the value of using tools



Dani man


Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly in leaf litter (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Yellow-, green-, and orange-spotted butterfly in leaf litter.



Frog



Coastline of Ujung Kulon



Rain forest along the Bohorok River



Devastated rainforest landscape in Borneo



Green longhorn beetle



Bright green grasshopper



Bear Cuscus


Stupas at sunrise (Java)
Stupas at sunrise



Green hued lizard


Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus)



Western Javan lutung (Trachypithecus auratus mauritius)



Gigantic strangler fig



Sunset on the ocean-side coastline of Peucang Island



Tarsier



Forest toad



Orange fungi



Strangler fig



River valley in the Arfak mountains


Emerald green rice terraces of south Sulawesi (Sulawesi (Celebes))
Emerald green rice terraces of south Sulawesi


Deep red millipede on forest floor (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Deep red millipede on forest floor



Clear water stream in Gunung Palung, Indonesian Borneo



Frog shadow seen through a sunlit leaf



Fishing boat in Sunur



Beautiful red,white, and blue butterfly



Toad



Tiger beetle



Frog


Turquoise waters below dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu temple in Bali (Jimbaran, Bali)
Turquoise waters below dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu temple in Bali



Aerial vew of burning peatlands and forest in Indonesian Borneo



Javan jungle



Green-bellied waterfall frog



Peucang Island, West Java, Indonesia



Orangutan hanging in tree



Tall buttress roots of a rainforest tree


Close up on grains of rice in a rice field (Java)
Close up on grains of rice in a rice field



Thomas' Leaf Monkey in tree



Rainforest creek in Ujung Kulon



Hornbill



Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra)



Peucang Island beach


Rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields



Mother and baby orangutan in at tree



Fallen rainforest tree in Ujung Kulon N.P.



Pier in Sunur, near the Rhino Protection Unit outpost/local office for the Ujung Kulon National Park



Looking up the trunk of a rainforest tree



Sumatran elephants in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park



Peucang Island beach



Gunung Leuser Rain Forest



Balinese Kecack Dance



Dock and beach near Sunur



Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)



Christmas beetle in Bali



Manado Tua volcano



Mama Orangutan Carrying Baby



Orangutan in tree



New oil palm development in forest bordering Gunung Leuser National Park



Multicolored katydid



Red grasshawk dragonfly



Pink and red ginger flower



Yellow planthopper



Wild Geraniums



Blue and black butterfly



Ujung Kulon rain forest



Rainforest canopy seen from the base of a compass tree


Little girls at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Little girls at Lemo


Blue green and copper colored grasshopper with large red eyes and yellow antennae (Java)
Blue green and copper colored grasshopper with large red eyes and yellow antennae.



Cicada emerging from from its larval stage



Sunset on the ocean-side coastline of Peucang Island



Green katydid with a neon turquoise stripe



Islands near Sumatra



Replanting an oil palm plantation on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park



Sulawesi sunset



Rice paddies with the mountains of Ujung Kulon National Park behind



Black, violet, and green damselfly



Forest dragon with blue eyes


Pitcher plant, Nepenthes reinwardtiana, in rain forest of Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Pitcher plant, Nepenthes reinwardtiana, in rain forest of Borneo



Orangutan with Large Face Plate



Dani man with penis gourd



Rainforest of Ujung Kulon as seen from the sea



Long-tailed macaque






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Recent environmental news for Indonesia:

Indonesia’s tough choice: capping coal as Asian demand grows

(10/17/2014) Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid demands for electricity as the region builds out power grids to connect up millions of people to fuel prosperity.


Push to undermine Indonesia's new president could stymie environmental progress, say NGOs

(10/17/2014) concerted push by political elites to undermine Indonesia's president before he even takes office could stymie progress on social and environmental issues in the country, say Indonesian civil society groups. On July 9, former Surakarta (Solo) and Jakarta mayor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo beat ex-general Prabowo Subianto in Indonesia's presidential election by 8.4 million votes. Yet despite the wide margin, Jokowi has been stung by a series of political setbacks that will hinder his ability to govern once he assumes office Monday.


To become less damaging, target non-forest lands for palm oil, says book

(10/16/2014) Palm oil production has been spectacularly profitable but ecologically disastrous across Southeast Asia, consuming millions of hectares of indigenous lands, rainforests, and peatlands in recent decades. That paradox has made the crop highly controversial despite its importance in providing a high-yielding source of vegetable oil. A new book, published freely online by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), weighs in on the debate and concludes — like many before it — that the problem is not the crop itself, but how it is produced.


Indonesia tries to clamp down on coal sector’s worst excesses

(10/16/2014) Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia.


India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

(10/14/2014) The world's largest importer of palm oil, India is seeking to slake its thirst domestically. The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that India has the potential to cultivate oil palm in 1.03 million hectares of land--nearly the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut--and produce four to five million metric tons of palm oil per year.


Plantation companies in Sumatra failing to meet fire prevention standards

(10/14/2014) An inter-agency audit of 17 plantation and timber concessions in Riau Province, Indonesia, found that every company is failing to meet fire prevention and control standards. In addition, several companies are working in prohibited areas, including peatlands with depths over 3 meters.


Rogue palm oil company appeals deforestation case to Indonesia's supreme court

(10/14/2014) Oil palm company PT. Kallista Alam has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court continuing the closely-watched legal battle set to redefine Indonesia's commitment to environmental justice. Lawyers for the company filed the new appeal on October 6, claiming the initial case is invalid because it failed to include all relevant parties as defendants—including the governor of Aceh, who issued the concession permit in 2011.


Helping orangutans survive: new project aims to connect habitat fragments in Kalimantan (PART II)

(10/08/2014) Two decades ago, a project to convert one million hectares of forest to rice paddies was undertaken by the Indonesian government in southern Kalimantan. The project was a massive failure and was eventually abandoned, but not before it destroyed critical orangutan habitat. Now a new project is trying to knit together what's left and turn the area's isolated orangutan populations into one of Borneo's largest.


Marooned in shrinking forests, Bornean orangutans hang on as disaster looms (PART I)

(10/07/2014) The great apes are among some of the most endangered species on Earth, the targets of poachers and the victims of deforestation. However, from time-to-time there comes news of hope. A study published recently describes the dire situation faced by Bornean orangutans, as well as an ambitious project to help save them.


Report rates palm oil companies on sustainability commitments

(10/05/2014) A new report published Forest Heroes, an advocacy campaign pushing for an end to deforestation, ranks global palm oil companies on their sustainability commitments. The Green Tigers, authored by Glen Hurowitz, reviews the recent history of environmental policies in the palm oil sector, beginning with the formation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2004 through the wave of comprehensive zero deforestation commitments in 2013-2014.


Central Kalimantan to set up palm oil monitoring system to in bid cut deforestation 80%

(10/05/2014) The Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan is moving forward on an oil palm plantation monitoring system it hopes will help meet a commitment to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020. The online monitoring system will include "information on the performance of plantation concessions such as productivity, the number of smallholder farmers, deforestation and other land cover change, and fire occurrence," according to Earth Innovation Institute which designed and is helping the provincial government implement the system.


Companies hire local communities to evade palm oil restrictions in Indonesia

(10/04/2014) As more palm oil companies are held accountable for deforestation in Indonesia, a growing number are hiring local communities to do their dirty work. According to the Oil Palm Farmers Union (SPKS), companies promise to buy mature fruits at attractive rates from smallholders and local villages who agree to clear and plant in protected forest areas. Through these agreements, companies distance themselves from the process, leaving the locals to bear responsibility for the destruction.


Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests, says Norwegian official

(10/02/2014) Despite having a deforestation rate that now outpaces that of the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia is beginning to undertake critical reforms necessary to curb destruction of its carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands, says a top Norwegian official. Speaking with mongabay.com in Jakarta on Monday, Stig Traavik, Norway's ambassador to Indonesia, drew parallels between recent developments in Indonesia and initiatives launched in Brazil a decade ago, when deforestation was nearly five times higher than it is today.


Officials bust one of the biggest players in illegal Indonesian manta ray trade

(10/01/2014) Writing this from a hotel room in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, I realize that I am filled with trepidation as I wait for the phone next to me to ring. When it does, the voice on the other end will tell me it’s go time; the culmination of many years of work towards ending the global trade in manta ray gills.


High Court denies appeal by palm oil company that cleared protected peat forest

(09/30/2014) Furthering Indonesia's renewed commitment to environmental justice, the High Court of Banda Aceh denied an appeal by PT. Kallista Alam, the oil palm company found guilty of destroying over 1,000 hectares of protected peat forest in Gunung Leuser ecosystem. The Court upheld the previous ruling, which fined the company 366 billion rupiah ($30 million) in penalties and restoration fees.


Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer's zero deforestation commitment

(09/30/2014) Malaysian palm oil company Genting Plantations is continuing to destroy forests despite a high-profile pledge by one of its customers to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain, alleges a report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group.


Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo

(09/26/2014) Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies stretch before his house. The price of chili — a staple commodity in Indonesia — has been stable for six months. From his 2,000 plants he hopes to earn 40 million rupiah ($3,400), much of which he wants to invest in expanding his crop. That is, if his farm can survive the threats that have destroyed so many of his neighbor's.


Dissolving pulp: the threat to Indonesia’s forests you’ve probably never heard of

(09/23/2014) If the term “dissolving pulp” evokes nothing for you, you’re not alone. Not many people have heard of it, and the very term “dissolving pulp” is so generic it’s hard to imagine it could be a threat to anything.


After 12 years, Indonesia finally ratifies transboundary haze agreement

(09/19/2014) Indonesia ended 12 years of stalling this week, becoming the last ASEAN nation to ratify an agreement on transboundary haze. As smoke from more than 1,200 fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan pushed air pollution in neighboring Singapore to 'unhealthy' levels, the Indonesian House of Representatives ratified the 2002 ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP).


Legislation protecting Indonesia's indigenous communities is not good enough, says advocacy group

(09/18/2014) Approaching final legalization, an advocacy group for Indonesia’s indigenous communities has asked to postpone passing a bill granting protections to indigenous people, stating some demands still need to be addressed.


Activists urge outgoing Indonesian president to protect key forest area before he steps down

(09/17/2014) Activists have launched an urgent appeal calling upon outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step up protection of the only ecosystem that houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers.


From 'production' forests to protected forests, groups work to save Sumatran orangutan habitat. But will it be enough?

(09/16/2014) The orangutan is native exclusively to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra — two regions that have seen the brunt of Indonesia's recent forest destruction due primarily to logging and plantation development. Although there are anywhere from 45,000 to 69,000 Bornean orangutans remaining in the wild, the Sumatran species numbers only about 7,300 according to a 2004 survey, and is dwindling further every year.


Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade

(09/15/2014) If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence.


Indonesia's secret treasures: islands passed over by loggers, hunters and conservationists

(09/14/2014) As our boat sailed towards the forest-clad island, I had no idea what surprise awaited me. A few months ago I was asked to conduct a wildlife survey on a rarely visited island somewhere in Indonesia. For reasons explained below I will not disclose its name. Suffice to say it is one of the thousands of Indonesian islands without people on it. In terms of the wildlife I saw, the absence of people really showed.


Domestic conservation: Indonesia’s rich should step up to save nation’s dwindling natural resources

(09/13/2014) Indonesia’s middle and upper classes are becoming increasingly interested and supportive of environmental conservation. Still, they have some way to go to become real leaders and trendsetters on this important issue.





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