Jakarta reclamation project allowed to resume, but opposition remains

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Indonesia’s central government has allowed work to resume on a project to build 17 artificial islands off the coast of Jakarta.The project, which proponents say will help address the city’s land subsidence and overcrowding problems, was suspended last year over environmental concerns and a corruption scandal.Opponents of the project include environmental activists, traditional fishermen and Jakarta’s newly inaugurated governor. JAKARTA — The Indonesian government has allowed work to resume on a $40 billion project to build 17 artificial islands off the northern coast of the capital Jakarta, overturning a suspension imposed last year.Construction activities on three of the reclamation project’s islets were halted in early 2016 following concerns from regulators and opposition from activists who said the development was causing environmental damage to the bay and destroying the livelihoods of local fishermen. The suspension also came amid a graft investigation by the country’s anticorruption watchdog, the KPK.“Following a string of coordinating meetings between ministries and the Jakarta administration, it’s decided that the North Jakarta Bay Reclamation no longer has any issues, either with its technical or legal matters,” said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, in a memo signed on Oct. 5.In addition to prompting protests from environmentalists and community organizations, resuming the project could stir up new tensions between the national government and Jakarta’s newly inaugurated governor, Anies Baswedan, who pledged during his campaign to stop the multibillion-dollar plan.In an earlier statement, Anies, a former education minister, promised to “put a halt to the Jakarta Bay reclamation in the interests of environmental conservation and the protection of fishermen, waterfront communities and all of the people of Jakarta.”Luhut, however, said the reclamation project would resume despite the governor’s objections.“Just because you’re a new government official, you can’t go and make changes as you please,” the minister said as quoted by local news outlet Kompas.An illustration showing the 17 artificial islands to be built under the Jakarta Bay reclamation development project. Image courtesy of FISIP Universitas Indonesia.KickbacksWork on two of the artificial islands, known as Islets C and D, was suspended in May 2016 after the Ministry of Environment and Forestry said it had identified several environmental violations.According to the ministry, project developer PT Kapuk Naga Indah (KNI) failed to identify from where it would quarry the sand to build the islets. The ministry also discovered increased sedimentation in the vicinity of the islets due to the developer’s activities.The ministry subsequently ordered the company to cease construction, resolve the issues, revise its environmental impact assessment (EIA) and conduct environmental management during the suspension.Last month, less than a year and a half after the suspension was ordered, Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told reporters that her office had allowed construction to resume because PT KNI had carried out the required measures.The development of a third island, Islet G, was temporarily halted in April 2016 by Luhut’s predecessor, Rizal Ramli.The suspension was ordered amid a corruption scandal involving property giant PT Agung Podomoro Land (APL), the parent company of Islet G developer PT Muara Wisesa Samudra (WMS). Ariesman Widjaja, at the time a director at PT APL, was charged with giving Jakarta city councilor Muhammad Sanusi a 2 billion rupiah ($148,000) kickback to help bypass spatial planning regulations for the reclamation project.Ariesman was last year convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, while Sanusi received a 10-year sentence.In October 2016, a high court in Jakarta ruled the reclamation project could resume. However, Environment Minister Siti called for several revisions to the environmental documents prepared by PT WMS before allowing work to continue on Islet G.A key concern came from the state electricity company, PT PLN, which operates a power plant that draws water from the vicinity of Islet G. The development of the island was expected to raise the water temperature in the area, thus disrupting the power plant’s operations.According to Minister Luhut’s Oct. 5 memo, though, these issues have since been resolved. The developer has revised its environmental assessment and agreed to build a system to regulate the water temperature so that the PT PLN plant can continue operating without any problems.“All administrative requirements have been completed by the developer of the island,” Luhut said.Construction taking place on Islet G. A recent ruling has cleared the way for work to continue on the land reclamation project. Photo by Sapariah Saturi/Mongabay-Indonesia.That sinking feelingJakarta, one of the world’s most densely populated conurbations on Earth, with more than 30 million people packed into the metropolitan area, is experiencing a higher rate of land subsidence than any other city. Some areas are sinking by 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) a year due to subsidence from groundwater extraction, leaving 40 percent of the city lying below sea level.To save the capital from being inundated by seawater, the national and city governments kicked off the so-called Giant Sea Wall project in 2014, a major component of which is the construction of the artificial islands, where property developers plan to build shopping centers, apartment blocks and more. Since the start, however, the plan has been marred by lawsuits, scandals and controversies, including forced evictions of traditional fishing and waterfront communities to make way for the project.The government’s most recent decision to lift the suspension has been welcomed by the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo), the country’s biggest business lobby. “There will be new land and new economic growth,” said Apindo chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani, as quoted by state news agency Antara.For environmentalists, the main concern is the impact from the massive sand quarrying and coral mining needed to feed the construction of the new islets. A 2015 study by the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry warned the project would damage the marine ecosystem and lead to the erosion of nearby islands due to shifting currents.Researchers have also raised concerns that the sea wall would trap and concentrate sedimentation and pollution from the city’s 13 rivers, further degrading already threatened fisheries and coastal habitats.Fishermen attempt to shut down Islet G, an artificial island at the center of the controversy related to the Jakarta Bay land reclamation project. Photo by Sapariah Saturi/Mongabay-Indonesia.Ony Mahardika, campaign manager for the coast, oceans and small islands at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), an NGO, accused the government of failing to be transparent about the project’s environmental impact assessment before lifting the suspension.“Civil society must be involved in the environmental impact assessment process,” he said. “We believe that the EIA has procedural and legal defects.”The impact has also been severe for the fishing communities that have inhabited Jakarta’s coastline for generations but were evicted to make way for the project. The Indonesian Traditional Fishermen’s Union (KNTI) estimates the project will cost fishing communities over $2,000 per year for every hectare of seabed reclaimed. The Coalition to Save the Jakarta Bay, another NGO, pegs annual losses related to the project at IDR 178.1 billion ($13.2 million), accounting for the loss of fishing revenue and ecosystem services, increased flood risk, and reduced electricity generation at nearby power plants.Susan Herawati, secretary general of the People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA), told Mongabay-Indonesia that her organization and the Coalition to Save the Jakarta Bay would take legal steps to challenge the government’s decision to lift the suspension on the reclamation project.“We will prepare the papers, and in the short-term, we will go for a judicial review,” Susan said.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Worst-case scenario: There could be only 30 wild Sumatran rhinos left

first_imgIn 1986, scientists estimated there could be as many as 800 Sumatran rhinos left. That fell to 400 in 1996, then 275 in 2008.Today the official estimate is 100 rhinos, but almost all experts believe that figure is overly optimistic.Adding up the minimum estimate for each of the four known wild populations yields a total of just 30 wild Sumatran rhinos left on earth, plus another nine in captivity. This is the first article in our four-part series “Is Anyone Going to Save the Sumatran Rhino?“WEST JAVA, Indonesia — As we sit cross-legged at a restaurant in Java over plates of local delicacies — cow brains, avocado juice and dried fish you eat whole — Haerudin R. Sadjudin tells me a little about his life. Lanky, weathered, with a welcoming demeanor and an open smile, Haerudin, 62, started studying rhinos — both Indonesian species, the Sumatran and the Javan — in 1975. I tell him he’s been doing this job longer than I’ve been alive.Haerudin, program manager at local rhino NGO YABI, has had the pleasure of seeing Javan rhinos (Rhinoceros sondaicus) 31 times in the wild. He’s been attacked by them three times, including once when he had to abandon his canoe and cling to a tree. But this isn’t what really takes my breath away. He’s actually seen Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in the wild — but only once in his 40-plus years of studying the animal.This highlights just how endangered the Sumatran rhino has long been. Already by the 1970s they were virtually impossible to encounter. And today they are so rare, so nearly lost, as to be almost mythical: they’ve become like the Tasmanian tiger in the 1920s or Steller’s sea cow in the 1760s.The world knows exactly how many Javan rhinos are left: 67, including four calves this year. We know this because of consistent surveys using camera traps, and because all the Javan rhinos survive in a single park, Ujung Kulon. Despite such a small population, the Javan rhino is still far better off than the Sumatran today. Its population is stable, even growing every year.By contrast, the Sumatran rhino is vanishing before our eyes, and we have no idea know how many have disappeared or how many are left to lose.In 1986, the same year the species was added to the IUCN Red List as Endangered, scientists believed there were 425 to 800 Sumatran rhinos left on Earth. In 1996, when the species was listed as Critically Endangered, that number dropped to 400. Then, in 2008, the estimate fell to 275.  Just seven years later, the official figure became 100 individuals, nearly two-thirds lost just like that.As grim as that figure is, the reality is likely much bleaker.last_img read more