West Papua is home to Asia’s largest remaining rainforests, indigenous communities and unique species. But this exclusive 101 East investigation reveals how Korean-run companies are allegedly engaging in questionable deals as they buy up forests to develop palm oil plantations. Featuring rare access to a restive Indonesian province usually off-limits to journalists, we meet tribesmen who allege that Posco International and Korindo are plundering their land for a pittance. Both companies deny all allegations including fraud and human rights abuses. Selling Out West Papua was produced in collaboration with Mongabay, The Gecko Project and the Korea Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Tag - deforestation
Indigenous Auyu people in Boven Digoel, Papua, are living under the shadow of an environmental disaster. The Tanah Merah project is a plan to log billions of dollars-worth of precious timber from a vast area of pristine rainforest, raze what remains and replace it with oil palm. The project falls across one of the most important tracts of rainforest left in the world. The Auyu rely upon it for their livelihoods. The destruction is just beginning today, but already a vast area of forest has been destroyed. “All the natural resources that God has given us… It feels like the clouds have fallen,” an elder from Anggai told us. “All destroyed in an instant.”
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Hear from Magdalena Pandan, a 35-year-old oil palm plantation worker in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, who rises before dawn every day to carry out her duties toward her job, her family and her crop lands.
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.
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.
Nanang Sujana filming evidences and testimonies of people from Muara Tae in East Kalimantan, Indonesia about The abuses of palm oil company thought its subsidiary PT Borneo Surya Mining Jaya (PT Borneo). This film produced for Environmental Investigation Agency
The Malind Anim tribe in Zanegi Village, Merauke, Papua, Indonesia are hunter gatherers who rely on the forest for they livelihoods. They are born, raised and get food from the forest. But in the village of Zanegi, times have changed. The Medco corporation is clearing thousands of hectares of forest. Medco plans to convert 169,000 hectares of land to industrial tree plantations. This plantation is part of the milion hectare Meruake Integrated Food and Energy Estate, known as MIFEE.
The Kampar Peninsula is 700,000 hectares of peatland up to 15 metres deep, on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The peat contains more than 2 billion tonnes of carbon. 400,000 hectares of forest remain standing, 300,000 hectares have been converted to oil palm and pulp and paper plantations. All eyes are on the Kampar: loggers, carbon traders, and plantation companies including the giant RAPP pulpwood planter. But where does this leave the Akit and Melayu indigenous peoples who inhabit the peninsula? This film tells the human story behind one of the biggest carbon stores in the world.
Etnomusical Movie of Indonesian Forest