9 Benefits Provided by Forests


Thailand is not the only country in the world losing forestsDeforestation is also happening in our backyard. The real estate booming back in the day is to blame.

According to a recent map released by World Resources Institute, the top 10 Counties Losing Forest to Development in the US South. These counties “converted approximately123,000 acres of forest to development over 5 years.”

The 10 counties that are mostly located in the South, are prone to drought and putting forest at risk: Harris (Houston), Gwinnett (Atlanta), Fulton (Atlanta), Wake (Raleigh), Montgomery (Houston), Meckleburg (Charlotte), Bexar (San Antonio), Duval (Jacksonville), Jefferson (Birmingham), Cobb (Atlanta).

Forests provide so many benefits to humanity.

Just to revisit some of the benefits provided by forests, here are the 9 benefits, via CBD: 

1. Forests provide food and a vast array of materials for medicinal, cultural and spiritual purposes, as well as building materials and firewood.

2. They store and purify drinking water.

3. Protect watershed.

4. Mitigate natural disasters.

5. Control erosion.

Continue reading “9 Benefits Provided by Forests”


Problems are Opportunities


I just got back from a two months trip visiting my home country, Indonesia, and Thailand. I should say, this trip was different, because I allow myself to be in the moment. Observing things around me. And let some things sink.

During my visit I had the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with my uncle, Prof. (Emeritus) Dorodjatun Kuntjoro Jakti, who’s created a ‘space’ in his field. He gave me one of the best advice that I’ve ever got from anyone! He said that I should look at ‘problems as opportunities.’ Because if you frame your mind that way, you’ll always look at things differently. Instead of problems, you see how and what can you do to help solve the problems.

This is not new stuff, I’m sure. Because you can look around and find good examples. Here’s an example: Singapore. They lack water resources. Currently, Malaysia (its neighbor country), supply them with clean water with contract expires in 2016. It’s a risky proposition. What about the geopolitical risk? We just saw how oil prices spike up because of turmoil in Egypt recently. What-if things happen in Malaysia that caused them to cut off their supply? So what Singapore does on the road to self-sufficiency (and less dependent on outside supply) is that they come up with a 50 year plan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean said: “With water demand forecasted to double in the next 50 years, Singapore plans to collect every drop of rain by expanding our catchments to 90 per cent of our land area. Water reuse and desalination will play a bigger role as key sources of water supply.” 

via ChannelNews Asia

That said, things that could pose a problem for some, like government’s regulations, world’s population growth, migration, global warming, etc., are opportunities either to be ahead of the game and/or innovate. The good thing about it is, all you need is an open mind, willingness to learn new things, and be creative.

Think about that for a second…

The Facts on Water


Did you know that?

  • Water covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface.
  • Most of this water is undrinkable because 97% is salt water. 
  • Only 1% of water is found in rivers and streams.
  • Approximately 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • About 6,000 children die every day from diseases.
  • Most of the cities where large numbers of people live without taps and toilets have plentiful water supplies.
  • Freshwater fish and other aquatic animals are considerably more imperiled than those that live on land or in the oceans.
  • It takes 1,000 times more water to grow food for an individual than to meet that person’s need for drinking.
  • Irrigation increases yield for most crops by 100 to 400%.
  • About 70% of freshwater withdrawals are used for irrigation. 
  • Water withdrawals for agriculture, assuming no gains in efficiency of use, are expected to increase by 45% by 2030.
  • The earth’s water is finite, but it is infinitely renewable

From Product Water Footprint Assessments [pdf], a report by The Nature Conservancy and Coca Cola