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Sustainable Landscapes and Livelihoods in Indonesia

Background: Indonesia sustains some of the biologically richest and most environmentally important ecosystems on Earth.  Recent reviews of the biodiversity of this region show globally significant levels of endemism and many terrestrial and marine species being endangered.  It is also a region that is facing dramatic environmental and social changes.  There are ambitious plans for new infrastructure development and mineral industries are growing rapidly. Agriculture and estate crops are expanding rapidly.  Oil palm, pulpwood, sugar and other industrial crops are replacing natural habitats and small-scale agriculture.  The region has among the world’s fastest population growth driven by a combination of an inherently high birth rate, exacerbated in some regions by large government-sponsored movements of people.  The nation also has widespread poverty, especially in eastern Indonesia.

Goals: We are working with local universities and NGOS to develop research platforms in Sentinel Land and Seascapes.  We are seeking to apply the principles of Sustainability Science and understand and influence change processes in these land and seascapes.  We will study the impacts of major new developments, roads, ports, mines and plantations on the environment and human wellbeing. Our vision is of land and seascapes where people are prosperous and environmental values are maintained. 

Flagship coordinator: Professor Jeffrey Sayer

TESS team members:

Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Sciences

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