Every year deliberately lit fires rage across Indonesia. They destroy pristine rainforest, endanger orangutans and contribute to climate change. A young carbon trading entrepreneur goes in search of a solution.

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  • August 2006

    From August to October 2006, South East Asia was blanketed by a pall of thick, smoky haze. The pollution...

  • October 2006

    On October 30, respected economist Sir Nicholas Stern delivered his 700-page report, ‘The Stern Review...

  • November 2006

    As fires raged in Kalimantan, orangutan conservationist Lone Droscher Nielsen and her team worked around...

  • December 2006

    In suburban Sydney, CEO of Carbon Conservation Dorjee Sun was tracking the situation in Indonesia, spark...

  • January 2007

    In January 2007, a report on peatlands by Marcel Silvius of Wetlands International gained international ...

  • February 2007

    “The Last Stand of the Orangutan - State of Emergency: illegal logging, fire and palm oil in Indonesia...

  • February 2007

    By February, awareness of Indonesian deforestation and its impact on climate change began to snowball, a...

  • February 2007

    In Jambi, Sumatra, Achmadi the farmer completed the initial stages of his harvest of the fruit from his ...

  • February 2007

    In Sydney, Dorjee Sun has an important meeting with an atmospheric scientist called Professor Ron Prinn, ...

  • March 2007

    On the 23rd of March Sir Nicholas Stern arrived in Jakarta, where he addressed government ministers and ...

  • March 2007

    At the time of Stern’s visit, Dorjee also visited Jakarta, where he met Patrick Anderson, a strategic ...

  • March 2007

    Lone’s rehabilitation centre in Kalimantan became increasingly overcrowded and she was facing a crisis...

  • April 2007

    In Bali, Dorjee Sun obtained the support of three provincial governors, who subsequently signed an agre...

  • April 2007

    Dorjee’s proposal was of particular interest to Aceh’s Governor Irwandi, a proud Acehnese citizen wi...

  • April 2007

    In Jambi, Achmadi completed the purchase of his new land and cut down the saleable timber in preparation...

  • May 2007

    In May, Dorjee followed up his meeting with the governors by travelling to Papua for further discussions...

  • July 2007

    Achmadi’s brother-in-law, Hari, came into contact with WALHI through his own work with a social justic...

  • July 2007

    In Jambi City, Patrick Anderson, (strategic advisor to WALHI), visited Zulkifli Nurdin, governor of Jambi...

  • July 2007

    The staff at the Jambi branch of WALHI were working closely with indigenous communities living in the for...

  • July 2007

    After studying the leaflet brought to him by Hari, Achmadi visited the Jambi City branch of WALHI to tal...

  • July 2007

    At Nyaru Menteng, the center is suffering from financial difficulties as Lone struggles to rehabilitate ...

  • August 2007

    After letting it dry for a few months, Achmadi was ready to burn the forest remnants on his new plot of ...

  • September 2007

    In September, Aceh’s Governor Irwandi embarked on a five-city tour of the United States, where he conne...

  • September 2007

    In the USA, Dorjee joined his ally, Irwandi, on the investment roadshow. They met with Starbucks in Seat...

  • September 2007

    When Patrick Anderson from WALHI met Jambi’s Governor Zul, he mentioned the plight of thesmall-scale f...

  • October 2007

    In Sydney, Dorjee Sun had dinner with atmospheric scientist Professor Ron Prinn, from the Massachusetts I...

  • October 2007

    In Kalimantan, logging is underway on a massive scale. The plantations’ grasp is spreading further int...

  • November 2007

    At home in Sydney, Dorjee was sleep-deprived, stressed and exhausted from his months of travelling and p...

  • November 2007

    When the orangutans have been successfully rehabilitated, Lone releases them into protected forest areas...

  • November 2007

    Outside Jambi, Achmadi eagerly awaited the delivery of his new seedlings from Governor Zul’s trial sus...

  • December 2007

    From December 3 to 14 in Nusa Dua, Bali, the United Nations held their Framework Convention on Climate ...

  • December 2007

    The hot topic at the convention was REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing countries....

  • December 2007

    At the Green Governors’ Gala, Dorjee brought together his Indonesian allies – Governors Irwandi and B...

  • December 2007

    In another coup for the forests, Governor Irwandi and Dorjee launched Aceh Green, which will monitor Aceh...

  • December 2007

    After presenting his secretly filmed evidence of injured and displaced orangutans at COP:13, Hardi obtai...

  • December 2007

    For signing the Kyoto Protocol as his first act as Prime Minister, the new Australia leader Kevin Rudd r...

  • December 2007

    In the closing hours of COP:13, the representatives reached an impasse, with the USA obstructing progres...

  • December 2007

    With the Bali Roadmap approved with such drama, the vote for REDD was almost an anti-climax, and accepte...

  • April 2008

    Only six months after their initial meeting in London, Dorjee Sun met Abyd Karmali, Merrill Lynch Global...

  • July 2008

    The Garnaut Climate Change Review released its draft report on Friday, 4 July 2008. The Garnaut Climate ...

  • September 2008

    Following the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States, stock markets in several major markets (inc...

  • November 2008

    The Governors' Global Climate Summit, hosted by none other than the Governor to end all Governors: Arnol...

  • April 2009

    A newly discovered species of chameleon from Tanzania was named after Dorjee Sun, CEO of Carbon Conservat...

  • April 2009

    The New York Times reported that the United States Environmental Protection Agency had formally declared ...

  • April 2009

    The Burning Season cinema version had its international premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

  • June 2009

    The film was released in selected cinemas across Australia with an innovative distribution plan...

  • March 2010

    The Burning Season commercial DVD had an Australia wide DVD release managed by Madman Entertainment

  • April 2011

    The Burning Season is set for a major US digital release in 2011 after a deal with New York based Film Buff was signed.

July 2007: Governor Zulkifli Nurdin

July 2007: Governor Zulkifli Nurdin image

In Jambi City, Patrick Anderson, (strategic advisor to WALHI), visited Zulkifli Nurdin, governor of Jambi. The governor had spoken out against burning and deforestation in various international publications including Antara News Agency and Down to Earth Magazine

Patrick was keen to discuss the practical steps the governor was taking to stop the burning in Jambi.

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