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Read up on commentaries and perspectives on issues on forests and peoples around Asia.

July 28, 2016

Meet The Boss: Ruth Canlas of The Indigo Project A centuries-old Filipino art finds a new home online

It’s surprising to think that the very first synthetic dye was made purely by accident—by a teenager, no less—in 1856. That chance discovery marked the rise of cheap and mass-produced synthetic colors that are still very much dominating the market READ MORE »

June 22, 2016

Keeping the flow – the case of Sitio Suring in Palawan

PALAWAN, Philippines – Clean water is one of Earth’s most valuable resource. The role of forests is vital in keeping up with the demand for clean water. However in many cases, the gargantuan task of keeping the forest in shape entails dedication and READ MORE »

June 15, 2016

Cooperatives for people, planet, profit and peace

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – In his usual passionate way with words, Undersecretary Orlando Ravanera punctuated his presentation and sharing with the ASEAN Social Forestry Network CSO Forum on June 13, 2016 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. “Cooperatives are not only READ MORE »

May 25, 2016

The rise of rattan from Namo Village

CENTRAL SULAWESI, Indonesia – Rattan has long been a mainstay of Central Sulawesi (Sulawesi). However, since 2011, after the release of Trade Minister Regulation No. 35/2011 on the ban of export of rattan and rattan products, there was a downturn in READ MORE »

April 20, 2016

Borneo Chic’s 5th Anniversary

JAKARTA, Indonesia – On its 5th anniversary, Borneo Chic showcased a new collection of bags and clothes that offer a wide variation of local ethnic textiles in modern designs. An event was held in Kekun Café, Jalan Bangka Raya No. 99 READ MORE »

March 17, 2016

Forest Facial and More!

PAMPANGA, Philippines – “I feel rejuvenated!” – said Bernd-Markus Liss, Principal Advisor on Climate Change for GIZ in the Philippines. This was after he went through the forest spa experience organized by NTFP-EP at the Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) in READ MORE »

February 9, 2016

Honey that’s truly Asian!

Definitely the highlight of the issue is Madhu Duniya, the largest Forest Honey event in Asia, held every 4 years, and gathering over 150 participants in total from honey gatherers to scientists, government officials to private sector players. It was READ MORE »

February 4, 2016

A vision of an eco-fair archipelago

This Papuan song, sung during a traditional ceremony in offering to the heavens, was the opening number of the PARARA Festival. Young Papuan elementary school children, with wide-eyed expectation to see the Jakarta they only read about in school books, READ MORE »