Potential Communal Conflicts
The development of a coal mining road in Harapan Forest widens access for loggers. The forest’s biodiversity is under threat.
FROM a distance of two meters, the claw marks of a sun bear appeared clearly on the bark of a medang batu tree (Dehaasia caesia). The scratch marks were red, sharply contrasting the tree’s black bark. There were six marks, each two centimeters deep, which appeared to have been recently made on the tree the size of an adult abdomen.
A patrol officer from Restorasi Ekosistem Indonesia (Reki), a concession holder in Harapan Forest, Jambi and...