Category Archive: Indonesia

Sep 15

Yosina’s Maiden Voyage

Witnessing the destruction of the unique Coral Triangle area between Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea faces by pollution, trawling and drift-nets as well as damaging and illegal cyanide and dynamite fishing, the Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund (vEco’s parent organization), and partner JARI had to do something. In 2013, the ‘Yosina’ was purchased with the aim …

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Aug 19

Welcome, Guardian readers!

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vEcotourism.org is pleased to welcome readers of The Guardian’s “Notes&Theories” segment, arriving at our site following our mention in the recent piece entitled “Support our red-haired cousins, the orangutans, before it’s too late“. You can join your host, Ian Redmond, OBE, in our unique interactive virtual ecotours of Orangutan habitat and conservation efforts in Sumatra by …

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Jul 14

A home away from home in Lombok, Indonesia

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In our latest vEcotour experience Dr. Helena Baird’s beautiful “home away from home” in Indonesia as she volunteers with vEcotourism’s partner, marine protection organisation JARI “Volunteering in a developing country is more than just the work itself” Helena explains, “it’s an entirely immersive, challenging and uplifting experience. I have almost been in Indonesia for six …

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Jun 16

Help launch the good ship Yosina and protect threatened Indonesian marine ecosystems

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Encompassing the greatest diversity of coral reefs and fish in the world, the unique Coral Triangle area between Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea faces serious threats from pollution, trawling and drift-nets as well as damaging and illegal cyanide and dynamite fishing. Seeing the destruction for themselves, in 2001 the Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund (vEco’s …

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May 30

Helena’s first vEcotour: JARI HQ, Lombok, Indonesia

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vEco is proud to present the first ever vEcotour from JARI volunteer, Dr. Helena Baird! As you will see from the tour Helena is no doubt as talented a panoramic photographer as she is a marine ecologist. “JARI, or “Juang Laut Lestari”, is a small but fiercely motivated locally-run NGO based in Lombok, Indonesia” explains …

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May 09

Last resort: rescuing an orangutan from its natural habitat

A recent article from Lucy Radford, Development Officer at Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation, provides a moving account of her trek through fragmented forest in Langkat, North Sumatra. Supported by stunning photography from wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley, Lucy outlines the plight of wildlife that is being squeezed into smaller and smaller areas as oil palm …

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Apr 29

Welcoming Helena Baird to the JARI team

vEcotourism.org is very happy to welcome experienced marine ecologist and Australian Volunteer for  International Development (AVID) volunteer Dr. Helena Baird to the team at JARI, vEco’s partner in Indonesia. With conservation project experience in places as diverse as the Bahamas, Zimbabwe and Antarctica, Helena will be working with JARI to implement marine education opportunities, working …

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Jan 17

Palm oil company hit with momentous fine for destruction of key orangutan habitat

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An Indonesian company has been ordered to pay US$30 million to the state for illegally clearing 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of the Tripa Peatland Swamp Forest in Aceh province, Sumatra. The historic fine was imposed after PT Kallista Alam was found in breach of Indonesian National Law for the “illegal use of fire to clear …

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Nov 15

Good news for Orangutans!

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Thanks in large part to fierce protest on the part of consumers concerned with non-sustainable palm oil, the food giant Ferrero has announced that it will be obtaining 100% of its palm oil from traceable segregated, RSPO-certified sources by the end of 2014, a full year ahead of its previously announced schedule. Ferrero, which manufactures …

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Oct 08

Great Apes Summit Delegates Issue Statement on Palm Oil

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Meeting this past September in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Great Apes Summit Delegates drafted a list of six key action points in the face of the rapid and under-regulated expansion of oil palm plantations across Asia and Africa. The action points target all levels of the oil palm industry, from governments to consumers, in hopes …

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