News Indonesia

Cocoa farmer Sartam increased yields through sustainable agroforestry © Burung Indonesia/Citra Al Rasyid

A recipe for sustainable farming in Sulawesi

Tue, 08/06/2021
Organic farming practices aren't just good for wildlife: they can also improve the quality of the soil, leading to higher yields that provide sustainable, long-term incomes for local people. Discover how three different farms across Sulawesi transformed their techniques – and reaped the rewards.
Rice field in Sumatra, Indonesia © Nico Boersen / Pixabay

Sustainable farming & forestry could reduce...

Thu, 08/04/2021
Making timber and crop production sustainable would address some of the biggest drivers of wildlife decline. This finding comes from a new tool, STAR, that allows companies, governments and civil society to accurately measure their progress in stemming global species loss.
This discovery highlights the vital role of local people in gathering information in remote areas © M Suranto

Bird missing for 172 years rediscovered in Borneo...

Thu, 25/02/2021
The Black-browed Babbler, widely considered by experts the ‘greatest enigma in Indonesian ornithology’, has been unexpectedly rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo more than 172 years after it was first seen.
The Mama-Mama gather to monitor the forests of Mbeliling © Muhammad Meisa

From rural housewives to Mother Guards of the...

Thu, 15/10/2020
Meet the “Mama-Mama Penjaga Mbeliling” – a group of Indonesian women who believe their duty of care extends far beyond just their children. Taking the future of the forest under their wing, they are unafraid to challenge destructive practices.
Bali Myna (Critically Endangered) © omepl1 / Shutterstock

Six songs that could soon go silent across Asia’s...

Tue, 25/08/2020
Listen to the beautiful songs of birds brought to the brink of extinction by the illegal wildlife trade, and find out how you can help us stop this profound threat to nature and human health

Cartoons show fascinating life, shocking...

Tue, 18/08/2020
With a touch of comedy, India-based cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty uses his illustrations to give a view of the world through a bird’s eyes and present thought-provoking conservation messages. Explore the fascinating habits and shocking hardships of the Helmeted Hornbill: a Critically Endangered species.
There are only 50 Javan Pied Starlings left in the wild - and 1 million in cages © Ding Li Yong

More caged birds than wild: Javan songbird crisis...

Wed, 12/08/2020
In Java, there are now more songbirds in cages than in forests. Fierce demand for lucrative song competitions is driving multiple species to the brink – but in a region where bird-keeping is a cultural mainstay, complex solutions are required.
Strategy videogames involve making decisions and often exploiting natural resources. Screenshot: BirdLife International / The Like Minded

How your decisions can impact tropical forest...

Thu, 06/08/2020
Our new animation, launched at the Global Landscapes Forum, turns to an unlikely inspiration to help explain landscape conservation and our innovative work to support communities in tropical forests: videogames.
This is one helmet that sadly does not provide protection © Craig Ansibin / Shutterstock

How we're helping the Helmeted Hornbill to...

Fri, 31/07/2020
Teetering on the edge of extinction due to demand for its prized 'casque', the Helmeted Hornbill now finds itself with a fighting chance of survival thanks to bolstered law enforcement and patrols of its dwindling forest habitat
Ski tourism threatened to slice through vital habitats in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria © Leondeleeuw

10 vital bird habitats saved through conservation...

Tue, 26/11/2019
While it is impossible for us to protect every last bit of nature in existence, we can at least throw our energy and collective influence behind saving those that will have the greatest impact to the persistence of biodiversity on the planet. Here are just a few examples…
Flores Island, Indonesia © Toni Wöhrl

Indonesia’s sustainable candlenut farms: lighting...

Wed, 30/10/2019
Mbeliling forest in Flores, Indonesia is home to a wealth of wildlife including the Komodo Dragon. Our ‘mbelievable’ investment in micro-finance, community ownership and agroforestry is ensuring this unique landscape keeps blooming in the future.
Cebu Flowerpecker © HBW

Meet the Lazarus Birds: 5 species once presumed...

Tue, 03/09/2019
The dramatic rediscovery of the Antioquia Brush-finch – a species unseen for almost half a century – hit the headlines this past April. However, such incredible returns, although rare, are not unheard of. We explore some of the most miraculous examples of recent times, and what they teach us about the danger of presuming a species is extinct.
Knobbed Hornbill © Onrej Prosicky / Shutterstock

Using education to build a grassroots hornbill...

Tue, 06/08/2019
Not long ago, communities living around Indonesia's Poayato Paguat forests hunted hornbills for food and used their casques as talismans and decorations in their homes. Today, these communities are on the frontline in the fight to protect these magnificent birds.

Spix’s Macaw heads list of first bird extinctions...

Wed, 05/09/2018
Eight bird species, including two species of macaw, look set to have their extinctions confirmed following a robust new assessment of Critically Endangered species. The findings reveal a worrying new trend: for the first time, mainland extinctions are outpacing island extinctions
These Chattering Lories were about to be shipped abroad when they were seized by law enforcement © Burung Indonesia

A new action plan to tackle illegal parrot...

Thu, 26/07/2018
In North Maluku, Indonesia, traders are using more and more complex methods to trap and market parrots, and many species are now globally threatened with extinction. BirdLife Partner Burung Indonesia united national parks, conservation groups and police investigators to develop a plan of action.
"East Indes Market Stall in Batavia", painted in the 17th century by an unknown artist

Flight of Fancy: early depictions of the parrot...

Fri, 20/07/2018
Parrots are such popular pets that their capture has driven many species to the brink of extinction in the wild. But this isn't a new phenomenon - their role in human culture has been ingrained for millennia. We explore what parrots in art can tell us about the history of world trade routes.
The "Panda Team" will be preserving the habitat of the Giant Panda - along with the birds it shares it with

These millennials are changing the future of...

Fri, 01/06/2018
Young minds can give us fresh answers. These young people’s conservation ideas were so impressive that they were awarded grants to carry out their work. Check out ten projects that are shaping the conservation world for the next generation.

Rewarding work of restoring forest in Indonesia

Mon, 12/02/2018
Aventinus Sadip is the founder of a plant nursery and a farmer's group restoring forest around the Mbeliling IBA, Flores, Indonesia