Tag - climate change

Prof. BAMBANG HERO SAHARJO; Indonesia’s go-to expert witness against haze-causing plantation firms (2019)

Bambang Hero Saharjo is the Indonesian government’s chief expert witness against plantation companies accused of setting fires or allowing them to spread. A fire forensics expert from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Bambang has handled hundreds of cases over the past two decades. Last year, Bambang was sued by a palm oil company whose practices he testified against in court. The lawsuit against him was eventually thrown out, though observers say it is part of a trend of companies fighting back against their prosecution by trying to silence environmental defenders. Watch our short film about Bambang to learn more about how he investigates companies in the field, his experience dealing with the lawsuit against him, and why he chooses to work for the government instead of the more lucrative work of testifying on behalf of the companies themselves.

Filmed by Nanang Sujana for Mongabay.com

Food From the Forest-Lanjak, West Kalimantan (2017)

Million of people depend on the forests and trees outside forest for their food security and nutrition. Foods from forest are contribute to food security because they are relatively inexpensive and often function as safety nets during food insecure seasons such as drought or excessive rain. In order for foods from forest to effectively contribute to food security, there are some issues to consider, including climate change, gender disparities within gathering and collection, improving access and promoting of sustainable foods from forest.

Semunying, Indonesia (2016)

Jail is the reward for Momonus and Jamaludin to defend their ancestral lands. For 12 years already these Semunying indigenous territories have been controlled by P.T. In Ledo Lestari. Their dense forest had been turned into a palm oil plantation landscape. Although they have been persecuted and abused in their ancestral land, their fight is not extinguished.

Hope (2015)

Subtitles available in 4 languages. Visit: http://ifnotusthenwho.me/

The indigenous people of Sungai Utik, a Dayak Iban community in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, have maintained a strong traditional connection to their forests despite continuous pressure from logging and palm oil companies intent on taking their land. Their forests remain intact and their traditional values are keeping their community together. If we want to keep forests and maintain food security we need to trust and support communities like the indigenous Dayak Iban. As they tackle the impacts of climate change, through the sustainable forestry traditional both to their culture and to their understanding of nature, they can offer us climate solutions and hope for the future.

From Our Ancestors (2015)

Subtitles available in 4 languages. Visit: http://ifnotusthenwho.me/
In a rapidly dwindling community forest the people of Pandumaan & Sipituhuta have put up a strong fight to stop the growth of monoculture eucalyptus plantations. But the aggressive actions of the company & its close alignment with local politicians & the police have led this struggle down a dark path – protests, intimidation, arrests & confrontations.

From Our Ancestors was recognised as a finalist for Best Limited Series – Short Film at the Jackson Hole Film Festival 2015. The film has been screened extensively in Indonesia as part of If Not Us Then Who? Goes to Campus, Senegal for the World Forestry Congress in 2015 and various film festivals in Malta.

Building with Nature Indonesia – Securing eroding delta coastlines (2014)

Indonesian coasts suffer from erosion, caused by sea level rise, mangrove conversion for aquaculture and groundwater extraction. In some places kilometres of land are lost and this will exacerbate with climate change. Hard structures like sea walls are ineffective in mud-coasts, expensive and unable to adapt to climate change. Furthermore, they fail to provide the economic, environmental and social services that healthy ecosystems offer. Using a Building with Nature approach, we combine ecosystem based solutions like mangrove restoration with engineering. With our multi-stakeholder approach we build safe coastlines that adapt to sea level rise and simultaneously introduce sustainable land uses for prosperity. We aim to mainstream the Building with Nature approach in coastal management across Indonesia for climate change adaptation and to implement a large pilot in Central Java to catalyse change.

The Building with Nature pilot in Timbul Sloko was made possible by the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Netherlands/DGIS, Waterloo Foundation, Otter Fund and our partner Deltares in the framework of the project Mangrove Capital: capturing mangrove values in land use planning and production systems.

Enter Nusantara Togian Islands, Central Sulawesi (2014)

ENTER Nusantara or Energi Terbarukan Nusantara means renewable energy for the nation. It is a program initiated by GreenPeace and Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (Indigenous People Alliance of the Archipelago). ENTER Nusantara aim to promote renewable energy for the local communities’ across the nation with its main purpose facilitating indigenous communities to become energy self-sufficient society. This program may leads to an energy-independent society, which will advance an economically-independent nation while giving greater power to indigenous communities a chance to develop their social life.

Filmed and edited by Nanang Sujana for Greenpeace Indonesia and Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara.

Indigenous Peoples and the Struggle for their Homeland (2014)

Land, Territory and natural resources are not only viewed as an economic resource for the survival of indigenous peoples, but also identity. The identity of an existence that is contained within a value system: social, cultural and spiritual, inherited from generation to generation.
Many of the permit issued by central and local government are without due process of FPIC (Free prior and informed consent). The arrival of development project permits are putting indigenous peoples as a spectator of development, not as an actor. The indigenous peoples are becoming poorer. They increasingly no longer have access to nearby resources that had been sustaining them.
A lot of the problem faced by indigenous peoples are due to no recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. The most obvious today in Indonesia is the seizure of land, indigenous territories and natural resources that they have mastered and managed for generations.

Filmed, directed and edited by Nanang Sujana

Forest Hidden Economy (2014)

Forests are complex ecosystems that support a myriad of life forms. Forests play important roles in human life, functioning as a source of food, energy, livelihoods and homes for more than 48 million people all over the Indonesian archipelago. It also inspire the culture of Indonesian people. Over centuries, people evolved their cultural forest ethnicity, into a wealthy living harmony. This video will gives some description about the unique non-timber forest products produced by forest people that can create high economic value in the urban lifestyle while at the same time, forest will also connect us to the age old Indonesian ancient traditional heritage.

Filmed, directed and edited by Nanang Sujana for REDD+ Taskforce Indonesia and narrated by Nora-Jane Noone.