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Great news! We have selected 14 incredible young journalists from Indonesia to join us on our Biodiversity Journalism Workshop in Sumatra!

After opening up this opportunity to young communicators all around Indonesia, more than 600 people signed up, receiving online training tools such as webinars and information toolkits.

We received dozens of great publications on biodiversity and deforestation issues in Indonesia, but eventually  choose 14 incredible submissions as the winners of this competition:

  • Sapri Maulana from Samarinda published this beautiful article about the Wehea Forest in East Kalimantan, home to the endangered Orangutans
  • Hamid Arrum Harahap from Medan discussed the controversy around the establishment of a hydro-powerplant in Orangutan habitat in Tapanuli, in his publication for Mongabay
  • Dinda Lisna Amilia from Surabaya wrote about the illegal logging and large-scale deforestation that takes place in connection to palm oil plantations in this piece for Kompas.com
  • Shinta Maharani from Jakarta laid bare how the production of shrimp and the decreasing of mangrove forest are closely connected, in a multimedia piece for Time Magazine Indonesia
  • Ratna Tesalonika from Sumedang wrote for Mongabay on the challenges that conservationists face in protecting the Indonesian rainforest
  • Moh. Wahyu Syafi’ul Mubarok from Surabaya mapped the business interests that exist for the forestry sector in Indonesia
  • Desi Badrina from Aceh described the critical need for wildlife corridors in Indonesian forests
  • Pradipta Dirgantara from Bandung lists the lessons learned from REDD+ in Meru Betiri National Park in an article for Mongabay
  • Muhamad Antoni from Bengkulu explains how high levels of deforestation are threatening the largest flower on earth into extinction
  • Ida Lestari from Lampung wrote about the impacts of forest loss and degradation to biodiversity and livelihood in her region.
  • Bhekti Suryani from Yogyakarta takes us on a tour through the mangroves in her region and explains why the creation of a national park would benefit the region
  • Dwiki Ridhwan from Bandung explains in WRI Indonesia how an elephant population in a Sumatra village is relying on forest conservation efforts
  • Tantia Shecilia from Riau shows how high deforestation levels cause the frequency of tiger attacks to rise
  • Hairil Hiar from Ternate tells us how both oil expansion and deforestation are threatening the North Maluku region

Sumatra is one of the places with the highest biodiversity in the world. The Climate Tracker workshop will help teach journalists how to best report on the topic.

These 14 incredible young people will be joining Climate Tracker from across the country for a fully funded participation to our Biodiversity Journalism Workshop in Sumatra.

Just as in our 2017 workshop in Indonesia, we will be inspiring and connecting with young journalists, giving them in-depth courses by leading experts, brainstorming on innovative ways to report on biodiversity issues, and giving them a hands-on field experience, this time in the Leuser National Park!

Want to become part of the Climate Tracker Indonesia network? Any young writer or communicator from Indonesia can join our CT Indonesia group to stay up to date with new and exciting opportunities in the region.

The participants from the Indonesia journalism workshop in 2017 in Bandung.

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