Many forest fires in Indonesia—particularly those that contribute to the poisonous haze that drifts across Southeast Asia every year—are exacerbated by the fact that they’re burning on peatlands. For the villagers in the area, a lack of adequate infrastructure means that their struggles continue even after the smoke clears.
Mass organisations have a long history in Indonesia. But while they originally had a positive purpose, a case in the city of Bogor highlights how they can be used to breed intolerance.
Indonesia has long had an issue with problematic landfills. Now, confusion about how to manage these properly is only adding to the frustration felt by local authorities at the forefront of the country’s war on waste.
Indigenous communities in Indonesia have long felt marginalised by the government after a string of unfulfilled electoral campaign promises. Now, ahead of the 2019 presidential election, they’re left wondering which candidate to support.
Efforts are underway to get Indonesians to become more environmentally friendly and cut down the use of non-biodegradable plastics, even as businesses target Muslim consumers with halal-certified plastic products.