Rippling across the equator for over 3,000 miles, this unique archipelago nation encompasses more than 17,000 islands and one of the most rare ecology’s on the planet. Under increasing economic pressure to convert green and blue ecosystems, concerned Indonesian citizens and environmentalists worldwide struggle to address urban issues with sustainable alternatives.
Democracy full of hope
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country and the third largest democracy. Its progress toward achieving democratic ideals since 1999 has been notable and is rooted in its long tradition of moderation and co-existence among its various ethnic and religious groups.
One of Indonesia’s greatest challenges is the worldwide demand for its abundant fish, palm oil, timber, mineral, and oil resources. The economic pressure to deplete and continuously export Indonesia’s natural heritage has disrupted and severely damaged many of its unique eco-systems. Protection of its wildlife, forests and oceans is inadequate due to lack of funding and human resources to monitor and enforce existing protection laws. Changing long-standing cultural traditions also play their part. Environmentalist’s worldwide and increasing numbers of Indonesian citizens are uniting to address the pressures of increased urbanization and economic growth thru more sustainable actions. Learn more about environmental problems in Indonesia.
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