March 2018

Paradise Takes Many Forms on This Indonesian Archipelago

When I enter the rainforest of Indonesia’s Waigeo Island, the first thing I notice is the equatorial air. It’s so thick, I feel as if I’m walking through a cloud. The next thing that hits me is the deafening hum of cicadas. They drown out the noise of my feet crunching leaves as I step ever closer to my destination: a tiny thatched-roof hut in a muddy riverside clearing. It’s

World’s Biodiversity Lost Faster than It Recovers

The planet’s biodiversity is being lost faster than it recovers, with developing regions expected to bear the brunt of future soil degradation, warns a global assessment report produced by hundreds of scientists, government officials and civil society. Forty per cent of the biodiversity in the Americas will be lost by 2050, according to figures released during the Sixth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Can this Dive Resort Save the Last Paradise on Earth?

Papua Diving plans to be the first resort in the divers’ paradise of Raja Ampat to be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy, and wants to be a role model for local communities to protect the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs. A story that Max Ammer, the owner of a five-star eco-resort in the Indonesian Papua diver’s paradise of Raja Ampat, loves to tell his guests is about the time he