The Ecuadorian government recently approved a new nature reserve in Carchi Province near the Colombian border, providing a meaningful victory for activists and locals who spent almost 14 years advocating…
Articles by Ethan Harfenist
A new airstrip recently identified in a national park in Peru indicates that deforestation stemming from the country’s coca cultivation is continuing to take a serious toll on the area’s primary forest.
This year’s El Niño weather event has intensified dry conditions in both Indonesia and Brazil, providing ideal conditions in the normally wet tropics for fires to burn unchecked.
New research has figured out how much carbon the world's tropical forests are losing to deforestation, and provides a roadmap for how to stop it.
The company is continuing to develop a large plantation in a Sarawak peat forest despite a government commitment to conservation.
A recent report details the extent at which the Southeast Asian nation is felling its forests, primarily due to demand from neighboring countries.
head of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s arrival with world leaders in New York to sign the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an international group of researchers gathered outside Jakarta this…
This article is the second in a two-part series about logging in Malaysia. The first part can be seen here Two international NGOs have called out Malaysia in recent months…
This article is the first in a two-part series about logging in Malaysia. Read the second part here. A recent report by the international affairs think tank Chatham House has…
Illegally logged rainforest tree in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Amid government schemes to curb illegal land clearing and systematically enhance a struggling…
Deforestation near Lake Sentani, Papua. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Despite being covered in commodity concessions and viewed by some as becoming a focal point for the Indonesian government’s palm…
Enormous wood fiber concession appears in West Kalimantan, threatening critical habitat. Environmental groups cry foul, claiming impact assessments were not properly done before plantation company set up shop. A major…
Indonesia Chamber of Commerce plans to lobby for expansion of sustainable business practices Four of Indonesia’s largest palm oil producers signed a landmark commitment in New York in September to…
From ‘production’ forests to protected forests, groups work to save Sumatran orangutan habitat. But will it be enough?
Critically endangered orangutans threatened by palm oil, wood fiber, logging, poaching; populations fragment and dwindle as habitat is lost Orangutans have long been the reluctant spokesanimal for Indonesia’s rampant deforestation.…
Belitung Island has lost 10 percent of its remaining forests in 13 years, few protections in place despite biological importance Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra,…
New threat is reducing the food supply of one of the world's rarest animals The last of Indonesia's critically endangered Javan rhinoceroses have survived poachers, rapid deforestation and life in…
Conservation in madagascar
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- CITES rejects Madagascar’s bid to sell rosewood and ebony stockpiles
- Abandoned by their sponsors, Madagascar’s orphaned parks struggle on
Indonesias forest guardians
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- In a Papuan district, tribes push to revive a legacy of sustainability
- In rural Indonesia, women spearhead the fight to protect nature
- Do protected areas work in the tropics?
- Experience or evidence: How do big conservation NGOs make decisions?
- Does community-based forest management work in the tropics?
Southeast asian infrastructure
- Roads, dams and railways: Ten infrastructure stories from Southeast Asia in 2017
- Indonesian conservation bill stirs debate over geothermal rigs, private guards
- Can the Solomon Islands’ Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific?
- Record Amazon fires, intensified by forest degradation, burn indigenous lands
- Venezuela’s Mining Arc boom sweeps up Indigenous people and cultures
- Study: Amazon dams are disrupting ecologically vital flood pulses
- Indonesian ex-soldier among three jailed for illegal trade in Sumatran rhino, tiger parts
- Glimmer of hope as Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino shows signs of recovery
- Malaysia’s last female Sumatran rhino falls ill
- Indonesia seeks to slap money-laundering label on illegal fishing
- Indonesians race to save their disappearing lakes, before it’s too late
- Indonesians plant trees to nurse seagrass back to health in Wakatobi