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Fires Still Raging Across Indonesian Borneo

23 October 2023

Fires are still burning on the island of Borneo, home to the charismatic orangutan and globally important biodiversity. In 2023 so far, more than 20 thousand fire hotspots have been recorded (Hotspot BRIN) across Kalimantan – the Indonesian part of Borneo – affecting an estimated 267,936 hectares (Sipongi+).

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Forest Fire Alert: Clearing Patrol Route

14 August 2023

As the rivers begin to recede and grass turns from green to brown, we now find ourselves entering a critical phase of this year’s dry season.

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Peatland Degradation Poses a Major Threat to Borneo’s Forests: Here’s What We Can Do

18 June 2023

Land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss are intrinsically linked and increasingly affecting human wellbeing. Under climate change, extreme weather events such as drought and flooding are becoming more frequent and severe, degrading the land and hastening biodiversity loss. In turn, biodiversity loss contributes to land degradation through reduced nutrient cycling.

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Peat-Swamp Forests Are Important Carbon Stores

14 June 2023

Peat-swamp forests are moist tropical forests that, in their natural state, remain flooded year-round. This forest type is formed over thousands of years by the accumulation of organic matter (such as plant debris, animal carcasses, etc.) that does not fully decompose.

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Preparing For El Niño

6 April 2023

El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) refers to the cycle of warm and cold Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) of the tropical central and eastern Pacific Ocean. These warm and cold phases are known as El Niño, and La Niña, respectively. El Niño events typically come around every 3-7 years (~5 years on average) and can last between nine months to two years. The most recent El Niño occurred in 2018-2019, bringing with it a lack of rainfall that plunged parts of Indonesia into extreme drought.

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Caring For The Earth With Permaculture

3 April 2023

The past few decades have seen the rapid advancement of agricultural technology, with widespread use of genetic engineering and chemical fertilisers. However, many movements are now returning to more environmentally friendly modes of agriculture by enhancing ancestral farming methods to fit the times.

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Farming Without Chemicals

13 March 2023

PALANGKA RAYA – The allotment in Kalampangan Village looks lush and green, packed with different kinds of fruit and vegetables. Plants thrive in these peatlands, which are treated by Randi and Rusman, young farmers from the community empowerment group JPIC Kalimantan Activists.

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Establishment of The Fire Care Community In Marang Village By The Sebangau National Park Office And Bnf Indonesia

2 March 2023

The scorching sun that morning did nothing to lessen the enthusiasm of the people of Marang, an urban village located in the Bukit Batu District, Palangka Raya City. On June 29, 2022, the Fire Care Community (Masyarakat Peduli Api or MPA) of Marang Village was inaugurated after its formation by the Sebangau National Park Agency (BTNS) and the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) Indonesia.

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Dammed Peat, Healthy Peat

28 February 2023

Forest fires remain a serious threat throughout Central Borneo, especially in peatlands, which are prone to burning during the dry season.

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Drone Technology Supports Firefighting Patrols

14 February 2023

Routine patrols are key to effective fire control and prevention during Borneo’s dry season. As part of our wider fire mitigation strategy, the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) conducts regular patrols with our partners at the Centre for International Cooperation in the Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland (CIMTROP). These patrols are concentrated in fire-prone areas of the National Peat-swamp Laboratory (LAHG), a special zone within the Sebangau National Park.

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Restoring Ecosystems With Native Plants

4 February 2023

The Sebangau National Park Agency (BTNS) and the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) Indonesia are carrying out an intensive programme to plant one million trees for ecosystem restoration.

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Fish For Life

22 January 2023

If water is the lifeblood of Borneo, its rivers are the veins and arteries. In Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, there are several major rivers, including the Barito River, Kapuas River, and the Kahayan River. Besides nourishing the region’s forests, these rivers also function as an important food source for local communities.

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Weaving Hope For The Future

18 January 2023

Gray clouds blanketed Palangka Raya that morning, as we drove 20 minutes from the city center to the village of Kereng Bangkirai in the nearby Sebangau District. Getting out of the car, we crossed a rickety walkway over the peat-swamp to a small wooden house, propped up on stilts above the black water.

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