1. Knasaimos People
    Serimuk, West Papua, Indonesia

    The Knasaimos people were severely affected by the illegal logging trade. This trade destroyed the livelihoods and social structure of their villages. A recent government enforcement action has since clamped down on this illegal logging. The film highlights the success of the enforcement and examines how the local communities will benefit from an increased share and control of their ancestral forestland.

    Affiliated Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO):

    The Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak have worked with the Knasaimos people since 2002. The two NGOs exposed the rampant illegal logging in the area that led to the government enforcement action in 2005. This work is part of their global campaign to promote ideas and distribute information to improve forest policy in Indonesia and throughout the world. They have since been initiated into the Knasaimos Tribe and continue to help them decide their future.

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  2. Dayak Meratus
    Meratus Mountain Area, Kalimantan, Indonesia

    Dayak Meratus communities have created cooperatives that protect local resources and develop business institutions. The communities use non-timber forest products such as rubber to generate sustainable livelihoods. However, the encroachment of private businesses on the local forestland for large scale plantations, mining and forest concessions threaten their way of life and have forced them to respond.

    Affiliated Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO):
    Since 1998 Lembaga Pemberdayaan Masyarakat Adat (LPMA) have helped strengthen the Meratus Dayak by maintaining their indigenous forests. This work assists the Dayak in managing their natural resources, restructuring indigenous institutions and community law. The Dayak have become financially self-sufficient and with LPMA they are now seeking legal recognition of their traditional land rights.

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  3. The Forests of South East Sulawesi
    Konawe Selatan, Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Local people develop a sustainable community based logging cooperative. The land was purchased by the community and is farmed for teak. The cooperative is the first in Indonesia to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for sustainability. This has helped to regulate timber production and secure fair prices. However, this logging program is under continued threat by Indonesia's endemic corruption.

    Affiliated Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO):

    The South Sulawesi Forest Network Institution (JAUH) formed a partnership with the community logging cooperative Koperasi Hutan Jaya Lestari (KHJL). Together they have improved forest management in the region and achieved FSC certification for the timber KHJL produce. JAUH continue to work defending the cooperative in the face of renewed pressure from the illegal timber industry.

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  4. Indonesian Civil Society

    Members of Indonesian civil society travel to Brussels to urge European countries to create better laws for combating illegal timber entering the European Union (EU). A West Papuan tribal leader accompanies the delegation and presents a speech on behalf of his community, who have suffered directly from the impact of illegal logging. These meetings and the continued work of Indonesian civil society has meant that they have now been officially recognised as an integral part of the negotiations between the EU and the Indonesia government on illegal logging.

    Affiliated Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO);

    Since 1999 the Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak have been providing training to a network of grass roots non-government organisations in Indonesia. This project has significantly enhanced the ability of local organisations and communities to ensure their voices are heard globally using video, photography and evidence gathering techniques. Their work has also involved taking these NGOs to lobby consumer countries importing illegal Indonesian timber.

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  5. Bukit Lawang
    North Sumatra, Indonesia

    The film is based in Bukit Lawang where devastating floods caused over 239 deaths in 2003. The flooding was attributed to illegal logging in the surrounding Gunung Leuser National Park. Since the floods this community has been involved in voluntary forest governance and enforcement schemes in an attempt to curb the ongoing problems of illegal logging in the National Park. Also through the assistance of a local NGO, YLL, the community has started to recognise the important role of ecotourism in the preservation of their surrounding forests.

    Affiliated Non-governmental Organisation:

    Medan based NGO, Yayasan Leuser Lestari (YLL), has worked to raise the profile of ecotourism in Bukit Lawang. Their work has also involved the tracking of court cases into the cause of the flooding. They regularly conduct investigations into illegal logging in order to campaign against forest destruction and land conversion.

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Handcrafted Films - 5x5 Voices of change from the forests of Indonesia

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The award winning series ‘5x5 Voices of Change from the forests of Indonesia’ is a project funded by the Department for International Development, DFID. Each of the 5 films examines the human stories behind illegal logging and deforestation in Indonesia.…

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The award winning series ‘5x5 Voices of Change from the forests of Indonesia’ is a project funded by the Department for International Development, DFID. Each of the 5 films examines the human stories behind illegal logging and deforestation in Indonesia. The films were made by Handcrafted films and Gekko Studios.

DFID is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.

Handcrafted Films is a UK based production company focusing on communicating complex contemporary issues into concise and accessible formats for distribution to the general public.

Gekko Studios is an Indonesian based production company specialising in communicating the environmental issues affecting South East Asia.


All the films were made possible with the close collaboration of the many non-governmental organisations (NGO) who are regularly involved on the ground with the communities affected by illegal logging and deforestation. If you want to find further information regarding the issues raised in these films please source the relevant information from the NGOs’ specific websites. A proportion of the funds raised in the production of this project have been donated to the community organisations featured in the five films.

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