What’s happening at the edge?

Edge is always different. Do you notice?Edge of pond is full of semi-aquatic plants.It’s where the frogs stay quietly waiting for any insects flying above.Edge of forest is far from pristine forest. It’s where you can see some touch of human in a form of disturbance. There are usually large forest gaps where the understory plants get most of the sunshine. It’s an edge effect. Even a protected area suffers from edge effect. Nuruliawati, our former students summed up her research into this nice infographic. The picture tells it all….

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The importance of good equipment for field research

Good equipment doesn’t guarrantee that you will get good data.  Good equipment ensures you to better identify your object, your animal, even your measurement. I remember when I did DBH measurement years ago.  We needed to have a good protocol, the person who measure will speak out the reading of the DBH meter, and the note taker will have to repeat to speak out the measurement to make sure that the number is the same, to avoid error.  Previously, we used to borrow equipment from elsewhere, either the department or personal belonging.  Some of these were good, but some were already too old. Imagine, that this project used that DBH meter I used years ago.  But luckily, this year we have more equipment from the Idea Wild, although it was a bit tricky to find someone you know in the US who will bring them for you in Indonesia.

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Good hopes are with this equipment because it means we can see birds and butterflies more clearly.  More students can also use this equipment. More students can finish their thesis, including our two students, Zahrah Afifah and Nuruliawati who just finshed their undergraduate study a couple of month ago.  Well, good equipment relieves you… A lot…

Mendongeng, ‘tuk berpijak di anak tangga yang sama….

By Nuruliawati

Desa Pemerihan merupakan salah satu desa yang terletak di tepi kawasan Taman Nasional Bukit Barisan Selatan (TNBBS). Lokasinya yang dekat dengan pesisir, menjadikan cuaca panas di desa tersebut pada siang hari cukup menyengat. Meski demikian, hal tersebut tidak mengalahkan semangat kami untuk berbagi. Sabtu, 14 Maret 2015, merupakan hari yang ditunggu bagi kami. Berawal dari sebuah program “Drop your book for Pemerihan kids” yang digalang oleh Pusat Riset Perubahan Iklim (RCCC UI), kami berinisiatif untuk mengumpulkan buku-buku layak baca yang akan disumbangkan untuk murid-murid sekolah dasar di desa tersebut. Mulai dari buku yang bermuatan sains, teknologi, hingga buku cerita sederhana. Alhamdulillah, masih banyak teman-teman kami yang ingin berbagi dengan anak-anak di desa ini.

Bisa dibilang, kami harus banyak bersyukur karena dianugrahi kondisi kehidupan yang lebih baik, terutama dari sisi pendidikan. Tinggal di ibukota tentunya berbeda dengan di Desa Pemerihan. Gedung sekolah yang bertingkat yang dilengkapi dengan berbagai macam fasilitas mulai dari lapangan upacara yang sudah disemen hingga sentuhan teknologi berupa lab komputer lengkap dengan koneksi internet nya. Hal tersebut sangat kontras dengan keadaan di desa ini. Anak-anak di desa ini masih akan tetap tersenyum dan semangat untuk bersekolah meski kondisi bangunan tempat mereka bersekolah termasuk tidak layak huni dan perlu perbaikan segera.

 

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Jasa Ekosistem di Ruang Terbuka Hijau

Saat ini, populasi manusia di seluruh dunia sudah mencapai 7,1 miliar orang dan lebih dari setengahnya tinggal di kota (UN DESA 2011). Untuk mencukupi kebutuhan para penduduknya, kota menjadi sangat padat dan penuh polusi. Jutaan manusia di kota saling berkompetisi untuk mendapatkan sumber daya yang mereka butuhkan: waktu, tempat, uang, makanan, tentunya juga udara bersih dan air.

Padatnya kota Jakarta (Sumber gambar: http://goo.gl/pyMzaJ)
Padatnya kota Jakarta (Sumber gambar: http://goo.gl/pyMzaJ)

Semakin padatnya aktivitas dan kebutuhan penduduk di kota, semakin tinggi nilai sebuah tempat dan oleh karena itulah, keberadaan zona hijau di dalamnya pun semakin terdesak. Banyak zona hijau yang dikorbankan demi pembangunan jalan, gedung, dan sebagainya. Padahal keberadaan hutan kota sangat penting untuk menunjang kebutuhan utama para penduduk, yaitu udara yang bersih dan air. Tapi apakah hanya itu yang akan kita dapatkan? Mari kita lihat, apa saja sih yang jasa ekosistem yang bisa diberikan oleh hutan kota? Continue reading Jasa Ekosistem di Ruang Terbuka Hijau

How important is your carbon debt to ecosystem services?

How important is your carbon debt to ecosystem services? What transportation do you use everyday to go the office or school?  By car, motorbike, mass transportation, or bicycle.  How many gadget that we use everyday? Smartphone is common.  A laptop is a must for daily work.  Then there is tablet, portable charger, bluetooth, etc, etc….  The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the one of the source of CO2 emissions.  Indonesia use coal as the main source for electricity as the production cost is cheaper than other sources. The least we use gadget, the least emission we share to the environment.  The more we use mass transportation or no-fuel transportation, the better our environment.

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Drop your books for Pemerihan kids!

Do you have a lot of children books that you don’t use anymore?? or do you have books that have big impact in your life and you already finished reading it and maybe those books could inspire others?  or do you just simply want to do good?

We want to invite you to involve to do good things with us!

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Kids next door wanted to see our puppet show. Luckly, there was a secret window next to the teacher’ table

We want to help to fill up one school’s library near our field site with children books – either it new books or second-hand books!  Our team members will come back to Desa Pemerihan, Lampung to continue our data collection in January 2015 and we are planning to bring some books  to our field site.  We thought that if we could bring more books, it would be better as kids around our field site can enjoy more books and inspired by more books.

Our mission is simple:

“Do what you can do!”

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The Hopes of Coffee

From the editor: Hi again.  Nuruliawati talks about her observation on why villagers changing plants in their garden.  The story came from her recent field survey in Lampung, Southern Sumatra. 

Who does not know Lampung Coffee? Ground coffee from Lampung or familiarly called robusta coffee (varieties) is one of the leading commodity export of Indonesian. Coffea robusta or Robusta coffee is coffee that has 1.1% caffeine content (per coffee weight) is higher than Coffea arabica (Arabica coffee). The coffee has unique taste and flavor. Most of the coffee plantations in Lampung spread across the Lampung plains, including Sumbereje and Pemerihan, West Lampung.

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Conservation of local fruits

I went to Samarinda, East Kalimantan last week to give a talk on ecosystem service. It was a surprise that I met one of my bird ‘guru’ Bas van Balen at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport. It was what I called coincidence. The last time I went to East Kalimantan during 1998 was with him. We were conducting bird survey in a forest concession in Malinau, East Kalimantan.

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Random updates from our young scientists

Field research is tough.  You got to walk through uncanny forest path, climb the cliff, walk through the grasses that as tall as you, deals with insect bites or sometimes bat bites.  But field research is also fun.  Field biologists stay young…

Here are some updates from Jaka Ramadhan, Nuruliawati Yuwono, and Janjiyanto (our field assistant) at facebook.

On 21st August, Jaka wrote: all day session of data entering Rain can messed up our plans of data collection but rain can also a blessed because you have a full day of rest that you can use for entering your data.  Yes, when you work in tropical rainforest, you just cannot rely on your schedule.  You need to be flexible because rain can be all day long.

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On 24th August, Nuruliawati wrote: Dinner menu for tonight! Fresh river shrimp! Caught by tough field assistant, Janjiyanto and Ran.  If anybody can survive and happy in the forest, that is Ran as long as he has his machete!.  Fresh river shrimp is fine dining in this area. What else can you ask…. Continue reading Random updates from our young scientists