Saving Indonesia’s Forests
Ruwi, as the speaker is known, has been campaigning against illegal logging for more than 15 years. In 2012, his many years of defending the country’s forests was honored by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. In 1997, he founded the wildlife protection group, Telapak, which continues to fight illegal timber operations and promote the sustainable management of 200,000 hectares of Indonesian forest. In this talk Ruwi delivers a passionate plea to respect the forests whose very existence is inseparable from the identity of those who live around them. Ruwi believes the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan are losing their way as their trees are cleared for plantations and logging operations.