When indigenous rights are recognised and enforced, communities successfully manage their forests - and make crucial contributions to climate change mitigation.
The Berau regency in East Kalimantan has developed a model of ecosystem development in Kampung Merabu in Kelay that integrates economic growth and protection of through ecotourism. Attractions include the karst mountain range of Sangkulirang Mangkalihat. The Berau policy is very interesting, in contrast for instance to Pati regency in Central Java, where the local government has allowed the mountainous region Kendeng to become a mining site for basic materials for a cement factory, thereby inciting ongoing conflicts with local communities.
Evidence that Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its worst coral bleaching on record has renewed calls for the UN to list it as "in-danger".
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for greater environmental protection, poverty relief and development in the country's ethnic regions Thursday.
Asserting India's stand in tackling climate change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said same set of rules cannot be applied to all countries "uniformly" even as he identified poverty as the biggest challenge for environment.