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Photo highlights from Indonesia

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:

Riddled with tumors: another blow to the Sumatran rhino species

(04/14/2014) Conservation for Sumatran rhinos suffered another blow last week, only days after Suci—one of only ten rhinos in captive breeding efforts—died at Cincinnati Zoo. Scientists in the Malaysian state of Sabah revealed that a newly captured female, Iman, suffers from an assortment of tumors in her uterus, hugely complicating reproduction efforts.


Forests in Indonesia's concession areas being rapidly destroyed

(04/10/2014) Forest clearing within areas zoned for timber, logging, oil palm, and mining accounted for nearly 45 percent of deforestation in Indonesia between 2000 and 2010, finds a new study that examined forest loss within industrial concessions.


Cargill commits to zero deforestation, but environmentalists have questions

(04/09/2014) After years of criticism from environmental groups, Cargill says it will establish policies to eliminate deforestation, peatlands conversion, and social conflict from its palm oil supply chain. But activists aren't yet sure what to make of the agribusiness giant's pledge. On Tuesday Cargill released a letter it sent to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a body that sets eco-certification standards, in response to a Greenpeace Report linking it to deforestation.


Emissions from rainforest logging average 16% of those from deforestation

(04/08/2014) Carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries. The study analyzed carbon losses from elements of logging operations, including timber extraction, collateral damage to surrounding vegetation, and logging infrastructure like roads and skid trails.


Featured video: Showtime releases first episode of major new climate change series online

(04/08/2014) Although Showtime's landmark new climate change series doesn't premiere until Sunday, the network has released an edited version of the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously to the public (see below). The nine-part documentary series is being billed as a "groundbreaking" exploration into the many ways that climate change is already wreaking havoc on the lives of people around the world.


Indonesian 'legal' timber scheme could be greenwashing illegal products, NGOs warn

(04/07/2014) Flaws in the country’s system to verify legal wood products could have implications for trade with Europe, as new research suggests even certified companies in Indonesia may not be meeting EU standards. Indonesian civil society groups have called on their government to reform its legal timber certification system, pointing to widespread illegal practices among certified companies and an auditing system that is 'almost impossible' for companies to fail.


Is deforestation-free clothing possible?

(04/02/2014) H&M and Zara/Inditex, two of the world's largest clothing companies, today pledged to eliminate old-growth forest destruction from their products. The commitment lends support to a new front on efforts to cut deforestation out of the supply chains of global brands. Until now, most of the focus of campaigners has been on pulp and paper, timber, and agricultural commodities like soy, palm oil, and cattle.


Death of young Sumatran rhino shouldn't discourage captive breeding efforts say conservationists

(04/01/2014) Just over two weeks ago, conservationists in the Malaysian state of Sabah managed to finally catch a wild Sumatran rhino female after months of failed attempts. But following such hopeful events, comes bad news thousands of miles away: a young female rhino, named Suci, died over the weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo.


Deforestation makes Indonesia hotter, reduces quality of life

(03/26/2014) One of the reasons I like living in the tropics is that they are perpetually warm. A pair of shorts and a light shirt will comfortably get you through the day and night in most parts of Indonesia. Still there are the occasional unpleasant extremes. Even the most cold-blooded creature will likely break into a sweat walking for more than a few minutes in the sun filtering through Jakarta’s polluted skies. We consider such heat a normal part of the tropics. But is it really?


Alien trees use logging roads to invade Borneo forests

(03/25/2014) The spiked pepper tree (Piper aduncum) is native to the American tropics, but has made itself at home in a variety of other locales where it can crowd out local vegetation and interfere with forest recovery. Although it’s been slow to spread through Borneo since its introduction to Indonesia in 1952, new logging roads appear to be driving the species farther afield. A study in mongabay.com’s open access journal Tropical Conservation Science raises concerns that these roads may bring unintended plant colonists to new areas – putting the biodiversity of forests at risk.


Indigenous communities demand forest rights, blame land grabs for failure to curb deforestation

(03/25/2014) Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. The Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples calls on governments to uphold forest peoples’ rights to control and manage their customary lands and to halt rights-violating development projects being carried out without consent from local communities.


General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive announce deforestation-free policies for palm oil sourcing

(03/24/2014) Two consumer products giants have joined the wave of companies committing to deforestation-free palm oil. On Monday General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive both announced palm oil policies that go beyond standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry's main certification body. The policies include provisions to protect wildlife-rich rainforests and carbon-dense peatlands, while respecting the rights of local communities.


Indonesia's orangutan action plan failing to save great red apes

(03/24/2014) In December 2007, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono launched Indonesia’s Strategy and Action Plan for National Conservation of Orangutans. Quoting the president from his speech, 'this will serve as a blueprint for our efforts to save some of our most exotic but endangered wildlife.' Furthermore, the president said that 'the Orangutan action plan formally endorses Indonesia’s commitment to orangutan conservation as expressed in 2005 when Indonesia signed the Kinshasa Declaration on the Protection of Great Apes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.'


Community's push to clear forest for plantation challenges efforts to conserve in Indonesia

(03/20/2014) In the swampy peatlands of Basilam Baru in Sumatra's Riau Province a conflict between a community and a woodpulp company is illustrating some of the intractable challenges of conserving forests and addressing deforestation in Indonesia. On first glance the story seems depressingly familiar. One actor wants to preserve the forest, which serves as critical habitat for endangered Sumatran tigers and clouded leopards. The other wants to clear it for a plantation.


Photos: Forests, peatlands, plantations, and deforestation in Riau

(03/19/2014) Indonesia's Riau Province on the island of Sumatra has experienced rapid deforestation since the early 1990's, with primary forest cover plummeting by 85 percent in twenty years. Most of this forest loss has been driven by plantation development for timber, woodpulp, and palm oil production.


3 environmental reporting prize winners to explore drivers of deforestation, community forestry, and sustainable seafood in China

(03/19/2014) Mongabay.org, the non-profit arm of environmental science web site Mongabay.com, has selected winners of three environmental reporting prizes under its Special Reporting Initiatives (SRI) program. The three prizes, which were launched in January, explore the impacts of rising human consumption on forest and marine ecosystems. The winners, selected from more than 150 applicants by a panel of issue-area experts, include Robert S. Eshelman, Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, and Dominic Bracco II and Erik Vance.


APP pledges to restore forests, if given the opportunity

(03/18/2014) Over the past 20 years, Sumatra's lowland rainforests have been destroyed at a virtually unmatched rate and scale. Since 1990, the island's primary forests shrank by 40 percent while its overall forest cover declined by 36 percent, mostly the result of logging, agricultural expansion, and conversion for oil palm and timber plantations. What little forest does survive is often degraded — today less than 8 percent of Sumatra retains primary forest.


Will zero deforestation commitments save Indonesia's forests?

(03/17/2014) Skirting the Malacca Strait near the Indonesian city of Dumai the air is thick with haze from peat fires burning below. As the sky clears, a landscape of sharply-cut geometric shapes becomes apparent. What was once carbon-dense peat forests and rainforests are today massive oil palm and wood pulp plantations.


Logging giant suspends operations to fend off plantations from fires

(03/15/2014) Indonesian Pulp & paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) says it has suspended operations at a concession in Riau Province in order to shift staff toward fighting back fires that threaten its plantations. In a statement issued Friday, APRIL said its plantations on Pulau Padang, a peat island off the coast of Sumatra, are at risk due to fires illegally set outside its concessions.


Indonesian sugar company poised to destroy half of island paradise's forests

(03/14/2014) An Indonesian plantation company may be preparing to destroy up to half of the natural forests on Indonesia's remote Aru Islands, reports Forest Watch Indonesia. Analyzing land use plans for Aru, Forest Watch Indonesia found that local government officials have turned over 480,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) to 28 companies held by PT. Menara Group, a plantation conglomerate. 76 percent of the area is currently natural forest. Converting the area to sugar plantations would cut Aru's forest cover by half, from 730,000 ha to 365,000 ha.


Indonesia's proposed peat law too weak to protect peatlands, stop haze, says Greenpeace

(03/14/2014) A new regulation aiming to protect peatlands is likely to fall short of its goals, failing to stop peat degradation, emissions, and fires that are driving the current haze crisis in Southeast Asia, asserts a new analysis from Greenpeace.


Sumatra on fire: burning spikes in Indonesia

(03/13/2014) Fires in Sumatra's Riau province have spiked to levels unseen since last June, finds new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) that reveals widespread burning within concessions managed by pulpwood, palm oil, and logging companies.


Indonesia politician gets 14 years in jail for illegal permits, forest corruption

(03/13/2014) The former governor of Indonesia’s Riau province has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay almost $90,000 in fines for illegally issuing logging permits in Riau and bribes linked to construction projects for sports facilities. On Wednesday, the anti-corruption court in Pekanbaru found former Riau Governor Rusli Zainal guilty of embezzlement relating to the illegal issuance of logging permits in the central Sumatran province, which has seen huge areas of forest lost to palm oil and pulp and paper companies in recent years.


West Sumatra joins Indonesia's REDD+ program

(03/12/2014) West Sumatra has officially joined Indonesia's effort to cut forest loss as a pilot province under the country's REDD+ program.


Conservationists catch wild Sumatran rhino, raising hope for world's most endangered rhinoceros

(03/12/2014) Conservationists have succeeded in catching a wild Sumatran rhino in the Malaysia state of Sabah in Borneo, according to local media reports. Officials are currently transferring the rhino, an unnamed female, to a rhino sanctuary in Tabin National Park where experts will attempt to mate it with the resident male, Tam. The Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is one of the world's most imperiled species with less than 100 individuals left.





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