Monthly Archives: January 2014

Forests and Community Rights: Sifting Through Challenges and Claims

Our first of many meetings in Jakarta was with Steve Rhee from the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation is an organization that provides grants for work on social justice. The main project that Steve Rhee is working on is the … Continue reading

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Reaching a Tipping Point: Using REDD+ to Overcome Challenges in Indonesia

The complex challenges in implementing REDD+ in Indonesia cause some skeptics to question the feasibility of the program.  Where others see problems, Heru Prasetyo, head of National REDD+ Agency and head of President’s Delivery Unit on Development, sees opportunity. He … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes of AMAN: Protecting the Indigenous People

Our group had the honor of visiting the AMAN headquarters in Jakarta. AMAN, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara, translates to the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago. Before walking into the headquarters, we removed our shoes and made our way to … Continue reading

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Understanding Multi-level Governance in the Context of Natural Resource Management

Dr. Andrew Wardell of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) spoke to our class about multi-level governance (MLG) of forest resources. He defined newer factors in MLG broadly as the vertical and horizontal linkages involved in environmental management according … Continue reading

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Waiting for Serendipity…

Since the 1992 consensus that countries must work together to significantly decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or risk catastrophic climate change, the UNFCCC has struggled to meet its ambitious goals with concrete, binding action that could actually cut global emissions. … Continue reading

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Indigenous Rights in Indonesia: Struggle and Success

Throughout our meetings in Jakarta, one consistent theme has been the role of indigenous peoples and traditional approaches to managing natural resources. Yesterday we traveled to AMAN House, the Jakarta headquarters for the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (The Indigenous Peoples … Continue reading

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An Oil Spilling Into The Rainforest

One of the worst environmental disasters in recent history occurred on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico with the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil explosion and spill. Spanning approximately 9,100 square miles after only one month, the … Continue reading

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