2011 Year of Forests

Joe Yaggi | February 13 2011 | 2 comments
2011 Year of Forests

Jungle Run has just been chosen to support WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) with the production of a nine-month webcast series. The GFTN promotes legal and sustainable forest  practices with market-based incentives, including certification.

Jungle Run’s relationship with WWF and GFTN began back in 2003. We traveled three days deep into the “Heart of Borneo” to document WWF and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) joining forces with timber giant Sumalindo Lestari Jaya. A ground-breaking project tracking wood from stump to shelf helped the company achieve FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification and revealed to this crew some of the healthiest forest we’ve seen anywhere in Borneo – including the national parks! Indeed, there’s a lot to be said for forest management with vested long-term interests.

In 2006 we returned to Borneo to work on TIMBER FUTURES. This film, produced by Television Trust for the Environment and broadcast on BBC World’s Earth Report, asked the question, “Can the market save Indonesia’s forests?”

Cut to 2011, the UN’s International Year of Forests, and the jury’s still out. Embarking on our latest forest film series in Indonesia, we find destructive logging and wholesale forest conversion still very much the norm. But thanks to organizations like WWF, the push towards sustainable forest management remains strong. Coming years bring special hope in the run-up to the 2012 climate talks. That’s when the global community can deem trees worth more alive than dead. Here at Jungle Run, we hope that Indonesia’s vast stores of forest carbon will be valued in the fight against global warming, while conserving precious habitats and sustainable resources for humans and animals alike.

Indonesia forest photo by Djuna Ivereigh

Blood, Sweat and Takeaways

Djuna | October 3 2010 | no comments
Blood, Sweat and Takeaways

Jungle Run identified, researched and secured access to three locations in Kalimantan and Sulawesi for Blood, Sweat and Takeaways, a popular BBC3 offering in 2009. A particular challenge was gaining and maintaining the confidence of shrimp plant managers and tuna boat skippers featured in the shows.

From Production Wizard:

‘Blood, Sweat and Takeaways’ Scoops Prize at Digital Awards

…The BBC3 show picked up the award for Best Popular Factual Programme (the award sponsored by Production Wizard for the second year running), beating Electric Dreams, Made In Britain, My Big Fat Cycle Challenge, Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan and What Katie Did Next. The four-part series – made by Ricochet – gained almost 1 million viewers on its initial airing, making it BBC3’s most successful documentary ever, and won a transfer to the 10.30pm slot on BBC1, when the same installment was watched by 2 million. The show was a clear winner for the judges in what they described as “a wide-open field”.

Series Synopsis From BBC3

When it comes to food, we are spoilt for choice. From top class restaurants to low cost supermarkets, we take it for granted that we can buy whatever food we want, whenever we want it. But would we feel the same if we knew the human cost of food production?

Six typical young British food consumers go to live and work alongside the millions of people in south east Asia’s food production industries. They must catch, harvest and process food products that we eat every day, seeing behind the scenes of the tuna, prawns, rice and chicken industries for the very first time.

They eat, sleep and live with food workers in the poorest regions of Indonesia and Thailand, surviving on the same wages. The average wage for food workers here is around three pounds a day.

The Brits arrive in Kalimantan, Indonesia to live and work alongside the workers in the prawn industry. Their home is a shack in the jungle with no beds, no TV and no running water and dinner is what you can catch. Instead of fishing for prawns in the ocean, the Brits are surprised to find themselves waist deep in mud working on a prawn farm.

For these six young consumers, biting into a prawn mayo sandwich will never be the same again, but the group is given a glimmer of hope with the arrival of a British farmer to join their team.

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