Erik Meijaard



Erik's Posts

Better a Logged Forest Than None at All

February 13th, 2009
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Erik makes the case why logging of tropical rainforests is not necessarily bad More

All for the Sake of Some Frog Legs

February 5th, 2009
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I have worked in Indonesian conservation for over 15 years, and have a pretty good picture of what’s going on. At least so I thought — until I was confronted with a recent study on the consumption of frog legs. As it turns out, the annual global trade in frogs for human consumption has increased […] More

What is Success in Conservation?

January 22nd, 2009
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Erik wonders how we measure our progress in a field as difficult and complex as conservation. It is not always clear where failure stops and successes start. More

So Species-Rich…But Where Are All The Birds?

January 19th, 2009
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Erik wonders why bird diversity in Indonesian towns is so low. These are the tropics after all. So where are all those birds? More

Shouldn’t We Be Shooting a Few More Mammals and Birds?

January 10th, 2009
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A good friend of mine sent me a camera trap photo of a cat-sized mammal the other day. It had been taken in a remote forest in the Sumatran highlands. I know the mammals of this part of the world pretty well — my background is in mammal taxonomy — but I have absolutely no […] More

Taking Advantage of the Economic Downturn

December 7th, 2008
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Many of us have felt the impact of the economic crisis. Shares are down, pension funds have evaporated, some have lost their jobs, and house prices have plummeted. The world has certainly seen more cheerful times, at least in financial terms. Conservation organizations are also being forced to cut back, because we expect that the […] More

The Lacey Act and What It Could Do for Indonesia

December 4th, 2008
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An amendment to the Lacey Act was recently approved by the U.S. Congress. It may sound like another piece of rather tedious paper work, but this amendment has major implications for management and conservation of forests in Indonesia. The new Lacey Act amendment basically says that any plant or timber products that come into the […] More

Giving People a Voice: Why Wehea is in the News

December 4th, 2008
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Sitting in the 16th floor breakfast restaurant overlooking Jakarta’s polluted skies, my eye caught an unusual news feature in the Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s biggest English language newspaper. The article was about fuel prices — which many articles are these days. But it was specifically about fuel prices in Wehea. What’s so special about that? Well, […] More

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