Category: Indonesia

Indonesia tourism players call for holistic, measurable approach for heritage site protection; Tiara Maharani; TTG Asia

Photo: Tiara Maharani

The Indonesian government has ordered stricter visitor controls at two iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Borobudur and Komodo National Park – to ensure better protection and conservation, with measures including crowd limits and increased entrance fees.

Source: Indonesia tourism players call for holistic, measurable approach for heritage site protection | TTG Asia

Komodo National Park Is Home to Some of the Largest Manta Ray Aggregations in the World; Peerj; SciTechDaily

Photo: Simon Pierce

Scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation and Murdoch University, through a collaborative effort including the public, are reporting a large number of manta rays in the waters of Komodo National Park, an Indonesian UNESCO World Heritage Site, suggesting the area may hold the key to the regional recovery of the vulnerable species.

Source: Komodo National Park Is Home to Some of the Largest Manta Ray Aggregations in the World

In a national park plagued by encroachers, Indonesia tries a new approach; Tonggo Simangunsong; Monga Bay

Photo: Rhett A Butler

Suwardi, a 51-year-old from Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, used to work as a laborer for a landlord who managed oil palm and rubber plantations in his home village of Harapan Maju, near Gunung Leuser National Park. He also cultivated a dream: to own his own farmland. One day, about four years ago, Suwardi thought he had an opportunity to get closer to his dream.

Source: In a national park plagued by encroachers, Indonesia tries a new approach

More coffee, less gold: Sumatra farmers alarmed over revival of mine project; Junaidi Hanafiah; MongaBay

Photo: Junaidi Hanafiah

Indonesian coffee farmers on the island of Sumatra have spoken out against a plan to mine for gold in an area that overlaps with one of the last known habitats of Sumatran tigers and orangutans. The Linge Abong project in Aceh province was conceived more than a decade ago, and was blocked by the provincial governor in 2019.

Source: More coffee, less gold: Sumatra farmers alarmed over revival of mine project

UNESCO reiterates road project’s dangers to Papua park as Indonesia doubles down; Hans Nicholas Jong; Monga Bay

Photo: Monga Bay

UNESCO has renewed its call for the closure of a road running through Indonesia’s Lorentz National Park after the nation’s environment minister said shutting it down would be impossible. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses a variety of biodiversity-rich ecosystems on the western coast of the island of New Guinea. BirdLife International has called the park “probably the single most important reserve” on the giant island.

Source: UNESCO reiterates road project’s dangers to Papua park as Indonesia doubles down

Labuan Bajo and beyond: Exploring the beauty of Indonesia’s dragon archipelago; Theodora Sutcliffe; CNN

Labuan Bajo, a bustling port town on Flores’ northwestern tip, is best known as the jump off for UNESCO-listed Komodo National Park. Here’s a look at what travelers heading to the area can experience when the country reopens to international tourism.

Source: Labuan Bajo and beyond: Exploring the beauty of Indonesia’s dragon archipelago

A Story about a World Heritage in Bali; Alek Karci Kurniawan; Modern Diplomacy

Monday, June 29, 2020, when you open the Google search engine, you will see a picture of a farmer sitting in a hut. His eyes lead to green fields. Google Doodle displays an image with the tagline “Celebrating Cultural Heritage, Subak”. Subak is a tradition of the Balinese, Indonesia. When you visit the countryside in Bali, you will see a fields at the foot of the mountain with neat watering.

Source: A Story about a World Heritage in Bali