• A company that hoped to clear 80,000 hectares of rainforest in Indonesian Papua to plant oil palms has lost a court case over its control of the land.
  • Maxim Global was awarded the concession a decade ago, but saw it revoked a few years later by local officials and the land granted to another company, Digoel Agri.
  • Digoel Agri has already started deforesting the area, even as Maxim continues to lay claim to the concession.
  • That concession and another one initially granted to a Tadmax sister company contain an estimated $1.7 …


We’re looking for a part-time finance and administration officer to improve the management of the organisation as we embark on an exciting phase of growth.

The Gecko Project is a non-profit journalism organisation that investigates the role of land use in some of the most pressing global challenges: climate change, deforestation, the collapse of biodiversity, food security, the rights of marginalised communities and the health of democracies. We harness the power of investigative journalism and storytelling to catalyse change that will protect the environment and human rights. Since the project began in 2017, our reporting has focused principally on Indonesia. We operate on a partnership model, collaborating with larger media organisations to maximise our reach and impact.

We are looking for a part-time finance and…


We’re looking for a talented Indonesia-based reporter to join our team.

Location: Indonesia

The Gecko Project is a non-profit journalism organisation that investigates the role of land use in some of the most pressing global challenges: climate change, deforestation, the collapse of biodiversity, food security, the rights of marginalised communities and the health of democracies. We harness the power of investigative journalism and storytelling to catalyse change that will protect the environment and human rights. Since the project began in 2017, our reporting has focused principally on Indonesia but we cover issues of international concern. …


Our award-winning team is growing, and we’re looking for a talented investigative reporter to join us as we expand our investigations in Indonesia and globally.

The Gecko Project is a non-profit journalism organisation that investigates the role of land use in some of the most pressing global challenges: climate change, deforestation, the collapse of biodiversity, food security, the rights of marginalised communities and the health of democracies. We harness the power of investigative journalism and storytelling to catalyse change that will protect the environment and human rights. Since the project began in 2017, our reporting has focused principally on Indonesia but we cover issues of international concern and our stories are frequently transnational in nature. …


  • The Gecko Project bersama Mongabay, Korean Center for Investigative Journalism-Newstapa, dan Al Jazeera melakukan investigasi selama satu tahun untuk menelusuri aliran pembayaran dana konsultasi sebesar AS$22 juta yang berhubungan dengan kesepakatan lahan di Provinsi Papua, Indonesia.
  • Lika-liku itu membawa kami menelusuri berbagai hal di Korea Selatan, Singapura, hingga hutan belantara di Papua untuk menemukan dalih di balik transaksi tersebut terhadap pertumbuhan Korindo Group sebagai perusahaan sawit dengan luasan konsesi yang terbesar di Papua.
  • Foto oleh Albertus Vembrianto.

Artikel ini kolaborasi antara Mongabay dan The Gecko Project.

Bagian 1: ‘Mereka mungkin tak menyangka kami akan menemukannya’

Pada April 2019 lalu, seorang advokat pro-lingkungan yang berasal dari Indonesia, maju ke atas…


Eva Bande was jailed for her role as a community organiser in the Indonesian island. Ten years on, her fight continues.

Eva Bande in Piondo. By Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project/Mongabay

Across Indonesia, hundreds of communities are in conflict with companies seeking control of their resources. In some cases, the resistance has been led by women. Journalist Febriana Firdaus travelled across the country to meet grassroots female activists, to delve into the story behind their struggle. This article is part three of a series about her journey, which has also been made into a film, Our Mothers’ Land. Read part one here and part two here.

This article was co-published with Mongabay.

It’s cloudy when my plane lands at the airport near Luwuk. The town feels remote and isolated. It falls…


When miners descended on sacred sites in eastern Indonesia, indigenous women occupied them in protest.

Aleta Baun organised her community as they protested against mining firms that threatened to desecrate their sacred sites. By Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project/Mongabay

Across Indonesia, hundreds of communities are in conflict with companies seeking control of their resources. In some cases, the resistance has been led by women. Journalist Febriana Firdaus travelled across the country to meet grassroots female activists, to delve into the story behind their struggle. This article is part two of a series about her journey, which has also been made into a film, Our Mothers’ Land. Read part one here.

This article was co-published with Mongabay.

It’s raining, windy, and misty as I head toward the village of Fatumnasi. It’s almost impossible to traverse this clay-and-dirt road in a…


Part one of a series on Indonesia’s female land defenders.

Illustration by Nadiyah Rizki.

Across Indonesia, hundreds of communities are in conflict with companies seeking control of their resources. In some cases, the resistance has been led by women. Journalist Febriana Firdaus travelled across the country to meet grassroots female activists, to delve into the story behind their struggle. This article is part one of a series about her journey, which has also been made into a film, Our Mothers’ Land.

This article was co-published with Mongabay.

Serene, prosperous, fertile. These words come to mind as I stand at the top of a hill in Tegaldowo village, on the island of Java, in Indonesia…


Fresh questions raised in case of Marius Betera, who died around two hours after he was allegedly assaulted by a police officer.

Illustration by Nadiyah Rizki
  • Marius Betera was allegedly assaulted by a policeman in an oil palm plantation in Indonesia in May, and died some two hours later, but authorities moved quickly to attribute his death to a heart attack.
  • The Gecko Project and Mongabay have learned that the alleged assault was caught on CCTV camera belonging to a palm oil company, Korindo Group, but the video has yet to be released to the public.
  • Police and the National Commission on Human Rights have cited a post-mortem to dismiss evidence the death was linked to the assault, but expert points to a “realistic possibility” of…


Pertanyaan baru kemudian muncul dalam kasus Marius Betera yang tewas sekitar dua jam setelah diduga diserang oleh seorang polisi.

Ilustrasi oleh Nadiyah Rizki.
  • Marius Betera diduga dianiaya polisi pada Mei 2020. Dia tewas dua jam setelah kejadian. Pihak berwenang cepat-cepat menghubungkan kematian itu dengan serangan jantung.
  • The Gecko Project dan Mongabay menemukan, dugaan serangan ini tertangkap kamera CCTV. Meski begitu, rekaman video belum dirilis ke publik.
  • Berdasarkan visum, kepolisian dan Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia (Komnas HAM) mengklaim kematian tak terkait penyerangan. Padahal, para ahli justru menunjukkan ada kemungkinan dari keterkaitan antara penyerangan dan kematian Marius Betera.

Artikel ini kolaborasi antara Mongabay dan The Gecko Project.

Dugaan penyerangan terhadap seorang lelaki di Boven Digoel, Papua oleh polisi sekitar dua jam sebelum dia meninggal…

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