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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:

Sumatran community grows crops, aids conservation through ‘village forests’

(01/23/2015) The rolling green hills covered in rice paddies and coffee plantations give Semende in the Muara Enim regency of South Sumatra a welcome and hospitable feeling. However, behind the peaceful pastoral veil, is a history of rampant forest encroachment and land conflict in the Barisan mountains.


Half of Borneo's mammals could lose a third of their habitat by 2080

(01/22/2015) Borneo consistently makes the list of the world’s “biodiversity hotspots” – areas full of a wide variety of forms of life found nowhere else, but which are also under threat. To better understand the hazards, a study published today in the journal Current Biology examines the effects of climate change and deforestation in the coming decades on mammals living on the island.


Palm oil giant launches online platform to support zero deforestation push

(01/22/2015) Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil company, has unveiled a tool it says will help eliminate deforestation from its global supply chain. The tool is an online dashboard that maps the company's supply chain, including the names of locations of its refineries and supplier mills.


Sumatran village protects environment through agroforestry

(01/21/2015) The forest behind Indudur village clings to the steep hillside. The topography itself is enough to protect it from most common threats of development. However, the area is under attack by a more pernicious force: a lack of interest by the younger generation in earning their living here. The difficulty of life compels many to migrate out, leaving the village dominated by older people.


Indonesia's moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target

(01/20/2015) When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation.


Sulawesi village seeks protection for sacred forest threatened by development

(01/16/2015) Home to some 400 fishermen, Manurung village appears unremarkable at first glance: quiet houses along a winding river lined with boats. However, behind the village lies something remarkable: a tract of old-growth forest nearly untouched by human exploitation. Pensimoni Hill stands as a rare outpost of towering trees rising above freshwater springs that provide clean water and life for the villages below.


Farmers help restore degraded forests in Sulawesi

(01/15/2015) Irda tends to his two-hectare timber plantation in Pamulukkang Forest at the base of Tanete Kindo Mountain in West Sulawesi. Unlike some other farmers in Indonesia, he does so without fear of harassment by forest rangers or police. Since 2008, he has been involved in the Community Plantation Forest (HTR) program—an initiative by the Indonesian government to restore degraded lands by encouraging locals to plant and manage commercially sustainable forests.


Forest management by Sulawesi community attracts international attention

(01/13/2015) The Ngata Toro community in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi worked with the government to remap their lands and negotiate access to the forest. In the year 2000, officials from the national park signed an agreement with Ngata Toro recognizing the existence of indigenous forests, and granting them permission to maintain the forest as they had previously.


Mother and cub: researchers photograph rare cat with cub in Sumatra

(01/13/2015) Researchers working in Kerinci Seblat National Park have captured a remarkable image of a mother Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) carrying her young in her mouth. The image was taken in mid-2014 as reported by Mongabay Indonesia by the Sumatran Tiger Research Team.


Will Indonesia's REDD+ Agency be dissolved?

(01/13/2015) Indonesia's cabinet-level agency tasked with reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (BP REDD+), may be dissolved after only one year in operation. The head of the newly merged Ministries of the Environment and Forestry has indicated she intends to absorb the group into her agency—stripping BP REDD+ of its ability to operate independently.


Sulawesi community regains access to forest on which it depends

(01/09/2015) Recognizing the ecological sensitivity of an area in Central Sulawesi, the Indonesian government established two expansive protected areas in the region. Although these protective measures may be forward-thinking in terms of environmental protection, they had the unfortunate side effect of corralling the residents of the village of Namo on a tiny patch of land, forbidding them from the utilizing the forest resources that once sustained them.


Indonesia to weaken peatlands protection to support plantations

(01/08/2015) The Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry has announced it will further hobble its peatlands protection law to allow plantations to continue operating on a business as usual basis.


Kalimantan community maps forest to thwart timber companies

(01/08/2015) The small village of Tumbang Bahanei is inhabited by 139 indigenous families that tend to 2,859 hectares of customary forest, 132 hectares of rice fields, 5,841 hectares of rubber forest, and 43 hectares of forest designated for indigenous tourism. In total, this amounts to just over 8,880 hectares. The residents know these numbers precisely, because they have been diligently mapping every corner of their territory in a desperate attempt to prevent it from being snatched up by timber companies.


Sulawesi community vies to maintain rights to forest

(01/07/2015) Around 3,000 people from 833 households live in Tompo Bulu's seven sub-villages. Traditional culture and ritual run thick in this area. The residents of Karampuang believe the area is where the cultures from eastern and western Indonesia first met. Local myth holds that the first leader of the area descended from the sky with a mandate that the locals must maintain their traditional way of life.


Palm oil threatens community forest in Central Kalimantan

(01/07/2015) Delang district is different than many parts of Central Kalimantan. Namely, on the drive in from Nangabulik, you won't see large-scale oil palm plantations, and the forest appears to be well maintained. This is because the locals are keenly aware of the importance of their land at the headwaters of the Lamandau River.


Traditional farming technique preserves soil, forest in Kalimantan

(01/06/2015) The road winds five kilometers through a thick canopy of trees before ending abruptly at a stream and a small, stout wooden cabin in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Amid, the cabin's owner, proudly explains that he constructed it from local hardwoods—high value trees still readily available in the surrounding hills.


Coffee farmers help protect Flores forest

(01/06/2015) Located on the slopes of Inerie Mountain on the island of Flores in Indonesia, farmers in Bajawa and Golewa districts have practiced sustainable agroforestry for generations, producing coffee for export to the U.S. and Europe known as Arabica Flores Bajawa (AFB). Although not as well-known as other specialty coffees in Indonesia, its popularity is increasing, and Ngada regency now produces more than 300 tons of AFB per harvest.


Half of Indonesia's deforestation occurs outside concession areas

(01/06/2015) Roughly half of Indonesia's natural forest loss occurs outside officially designated concession areas, concludes a new assessment that also finds higher deforestation rates in places with worse forest governance scores. The report, released last month by Forest Watch Indonesia, is based on analysis of satellite data spanning the archipelago. Unlike assessments by the Ministry of Forestry, the data includes areas outside the 'forest estate'.


Featured video: new documentary highlights 'Sumatra Burning'

(01/05/2015) A new half-hour documentary investigate the impact of the palm oil industry in Indonesia, including burning forests and peatlands as well as haze spreading across Indonesian borders. Entitled Sumatra Burning, the documentary explores palm oil production on the island of Sumatra, which is experiencing some of the highest deforestation rates on the planet.


Rainforests: 10 things to watch in 2015

(01/02/2015) 2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, among other big developments. Here's a quick look ahead at what might be in store for tropical forests in 2015.


Monkey sleep, monkey do: how primates choose their trees

(12/31/2014) Primates don't monkey around when deciding where to spend the night, but primatologists have had a poor grasp on what drives certain monkeys toward specific trees. Now, two extensive studies of Indonesian primates suggest that factors in selecting trees each evening are site-specific and different for each species—and that some overnight spots result in conflicts between monkeys and humans.


Activists call out 'one of the worst actors in pulp and paper'

(12/30/2014) The owner of the only mill in Indonesia equipped to produce dissolving pulp, Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), is being held out as emblematic of the risks the industry’s massive recent growth pose to endangered forests.


2014: the year in rainforests

(12/30/2014) 2014 could be classified as 'The Year of the Zero Deforestation Commitment'. During 2014, nearly two dozen major companies, ranging from palm oil producers to fast food chains to toothpaste makers, established policies to exclude palm oil sourced at the expense of rainforests and peatlands.


Top 10 HAPPY environmental stories of 2014

(12/29/2014) In what was widely seen as a possible breakthrough in the battle to coordinate some kind of response to global warming, China and the U.S. announced joint actions this year. On November 12th, the world's two most powerful countries surprised pretty much everyone by announcing that they would work together to tackle the crisis.


Indonesia's silent wildlife killer: hunting

(12/26/2014) By and large, Indonesia is a peaceful country. In fact, on the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s list of homicide rates, Indonesia ranks number 10, making Indonesians one of the least murderous people on Earth. A ban on gun ownership probably helps, although obviously there are many other ways to snuff out another person. Maybe Indonesia’s general tendency to avoid conflict helps, too. Whatever the reason why Indonesians are relatively unlikely to kill each other, such favors are not extended to Indonesia’s non-human wildlife. The relative safety of Indonesia’s people does not guarantee similar security for its animals.





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