Category Archives: Biodiversity

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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