Tag - Indonesia

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

Hunting The Helmeted Hornbill (2019)

The Helmeted Hornbill Is a Living Treasure—and That’s a Problem. Over the last decade, Helmeted Hornbills have experienced a dramatic increase in poaching for their casque, which is carved into luxury objects similar to elephant ivory. In addition, loss of old-growth forests, required for nesting hornbills, further threatens this species, and as a result it leapt from Near Threatened to Critically Endangered in 2015. In the remote old-growth forests of Southeast Asia lives the Helmeted Hornbill—a spectacular bird with an immense bill that seems like a work of art. Sadly, those ivory-like casques have spurred a wave of poaching that is driving the species toward extinction. Photojournalist Tim Laman documents intimate details from their nests and a growing movement to stop the illegal trade.


Forests, trees and agroforestry play important roles in food security and nutrition. They can play an important role in making our global food system more sustainable and more environmentally friendly while making an important contribution to healthy diets.

A film for CIFOR, more details visit www.cifor.org

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.

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.