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Public Discussion: A Perspective of Grassroots Reporting on Deforestation in Indonesia


Event Date:

June 22, 2023 | 8:00 AM WIB TO 4:00 PM WIB


About the event

Deforestation in Indonesia is a long-standing, complex problem. From 2001 to 2021, Indonesia lost 4.12 million hectares of forest cover, according to Global Forest Watch. Deforestation has brought not only widespread ecological losses, but also profound social and economic losses. There are further impacts, such as the local food crisis, stunting, and unequal climate justice experienced by Indigenous people.

Currently, Papua's forests are also facing threats. About 3.5 million hectares of Papua's rainforests have been granted concessions for various agricultural purposes. Is the expected economic development really an equal trade off to the loss of ecological, social and economic well-being at the grassroots level in Indonesia?

In the midst of efforts to reduce deforestation rates, local communities in various forests in Indonesia are starting to become aware of the ecological loss they are experiencing. Efforts to implement monocultures in productive forests have utilized coffee as an environmentally friendly commodity due to its dependence on forest quality.

Forestry reports conducted by grantees in the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) and Rainforest Investigation Network (RIN) initiatives at the Pulitzer Center have conveyed realities on the ground that specialists and the wider public need to know. There is important information, for example how children in the remote village of Merauke experience hunger in the food estate area, or the great efforts made by the Mandailing Natal community to maintain the green forest of Ulu Pangkut in North Sumatra.

With these reports, we would like to share our findings with students and researchers who are working on the same issue to build collective, critical dialogue.


Date: Thursday, Jun 22, 2023
Time: 08:00-16:30 Western Indonesia Time
Address: Ruang Terapung, Library of Universitas Indonesia, 
Universitas Indonesia, Depok, West Java


  • Ahmad Arif, RJF Grantee
  • Prayugo Utomo, RJF Grantee
  • Prof. Dr. Jatna Supriatna, Head of Institute for Sustainable Earth and Resources (I-SER) FMIPA UI/Professor at Department of Biology FMIPA Universitas Indonesia
  • Bonefasius Gebze, Representative of Indigenous Community of Kampung Zanegi, Merauke, Papua
  • Prof. Dr. Budi Haryanto, RCCC-UI
  • Dr. Mochamad Indrawan, RCCC UI

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