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Development by design for sustainable Indonesia

  • Wahjudi Wardojo

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 7, 2019   /  11:05 am
Development by design for sustainable Indonesia To avoid permanent damage and to prevent bigger losses, it is necessary to develop a well-planned design based on scientific study that can be verified, accounted, measured and monitored. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced that the capital city of Indonesia will move to East Kalimantan. Since the plan to move the capital city was revealed a few months ago, a debate has arisen as to whether the relocation is necessary and will disrupt the ecosystem due to land conversion, and how it will keep the right balance between development and conservation. Due to its unique geographical location, Indonesia has an extremely high level of biodiversity and endemism, both in its terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Our terrestrial biodiversity ranks second after Brazil with 19,000 to 25,000 species of trees and other living species, according to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) report in 2015. When one rainforest is destroyed, it takes up to 250 years of reforestation to return to its ideal condition, researchers Kuswata Kartawinata and S...

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