Too Many Livelihood Progams in Tumbang Nusa

When it comes to peat restoration efforts in Central Kalimantan, one place in particular has been a focus of both international and national attention. This is the village of Tumbang Nusa, located 40 km southeast of Palangka Raya. It lies within the ex-Mega Rice Project area, where 1 million hectares of peatland was degraded due […]

IBILAGA: Developing the Fishery Industry in Central Kalimantan

Climbing perch (Anabas testudineus), known locally as papuyu is a hardy fish found in peatlands that can survive out of water for six to ten hours, using a lung-like organ in their head to breathe air. It can also crawl on land using its pectoral fins. Our team followed a lead about a place in […]

Saving Peatlands with Eco-straws

Purun (Lepironia articulata) is a type of sedge that grows in peatland. This plant is used in woven handicrafts such as mats, bags and hats that are characteristic of Central and South Kalimantan. Tumbang Nusa village in Pulang Pisau Regency is known for its purun handicraft, such as the ones made by Indu Muei (article). […]

Adopting Better Practices of Rubber Tapping

In many villages around Central Kalimantan rubber tapping is a profession that has been passed down from generation to generation. One of them is Pilang in Pulang Pisau Regency, where around 70% of households cultivate rubber. Pak Jonedy, the head of one of the neighborhoods, harvests latex from the trees in his small plantation of […]

In Search of Peat-Friendly Land Use

In May 2023, the Gambut Kita team visited a range of project field sites in Pulang Pisau regency in Central Kalimantan, before going on to visit other research sites in South Sumatra. The team included researchers from CSIRO, BRIN, BSI, a number of Australian and Indonesian universities, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta (YTS).

The Practice of Peatland Rehabilitation

In Kalimantan, the mining sector has a significant environmental impact on forested lands. For this reason, mining companies that obtain Borrow-to-Use Forest Area Permits (IPPKH) are responsible for carrying out forest rehabilitation of damaged Watershed Areas (DAS).

Rewetting and Restoring the Sebangau National Park

Gambut Kita recently met with researchers at the University of Palangkaraya who have been working within the project to measure the increased levels of peat acidification and carbon emissions that result from peatland fires in the Sebangau National Park.  The park has an area of 568,700 hectares and lies just across the river from the […]

<strong>Pineapples on Peatlands</strong>

The Best Pineapple in Indonesia If you are travelling along the highway from Palangkaraya to Buntok, then it is worth stopping along the way just to sample the famous ‘Parigi Pineapple’. Here, in the shallow peatlands surrounding Desa Pararapak and Desa Parigi in South Barito Regency, the successful cultivation of rubber trees intercropped with pineapples […]

Fish Farming Opportunities in Peatlands

Snakehead Fish, known in Indonesia as ‘ikan gabus’ (Channa striata) as well as Climbing Perch, known as ‘ikan betok’ (Anabas testudineus) are both native fish species that flourish in the peatlands of Kalimantan. However, wild populations are at risk due to pollution of rivers and illegal fishing practices. To help with local conservation, the Palangka […]