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Featured video: how locals depend on Kalimantan’s vanishing forests

A new video explores local indigenous views of the forests of Kalimantan or Indonesian Borneo. Having depended on the rainforest ecosystems for centuries, indigenous groups now find themselves under pressure to exploit forest for logging, coal mining, or industrial plantations. While biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and other ecosystem services are at stake, the forests are also deeply intertwined with the culture and way-of-life for indigenous group.

The video includes numerous interviews with local people in the Malinau region of Kalimantan about how they depend on forests, including the use of important cultural and medicinal plants. Locals also talk about how to manage and sustain forests in a new age.

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